Yamaha has recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would, resulting in a dangerous number of accidentals. The sticky pedal also makes it harder for pianists to come to a full stop at the end of a piece, making it extremely risky for audiences.
Yamaha spokesman Rilly Redonkulus insisted that the company has not been covering up its problems. “Those amateur piano players are mostly at fault,” he claimed in a media interview. “They shouldn’t even be pedaling. Especially in Baroque music!”
At first they tried to blame this on errant carpeting under pianos, but after a long scuffle with Monsanto, it was shown that carpeting has no effect on piano pedals except to keep heels from bruising. The company will make repairs in the order that pianos are received.
What’s next! Be careful out there.