The Yahama Recall
Yahama has recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would. This has resulted in a number of accidentals. Several near misses have been reported in the carpal tunnel. The sticky pedal also makes it harder to come to a full stop at the end of a piece, making it risky for audiences and professional reputations alike. Although there have been many accidentals, so far there have been no reported deafs. Currently, sales are flat and analysts are waiting to see if sales volumes will be sustained or dampened.
Responses from alarmed customers:
"The notice didn't mention whether Yahama electronic keyboards were included in the recall. I'm concerned because I have the Yahama CP-300 Stage Piano. My son frequently drives this unit. There have been several incidents, usually in Dvorak, where without warning, he has lurched into polka mode in an andante. This really scares the hemiola out of me."
"There is certainly no way to soft-pedal the problem, and it's causing terrible stretto in the piano playing community. Fortunately I do not own Yamahas myself. I'm hoping this problem is not also found in Steinwhey pianos with the Accelerated Action."
Experts suggest that a sharp response from Yahama will be key to composing a satisfactory resolution of the problem.Criticism of the company has been sharp. Barbara Boxer is planning hearings to find out when Yahama first learned about the treble.