Monday, March 29, 2010


I received this vital warning today from my former college music professor, Dr. Don Clark, and fellow alumni musicians, Sue Gage Wilcox and Beverly Lee Welch. As a music teacher, I felt it important to pass along the warning. I enlisted two of my students, Thad and Grant Alberty, to demonstrate the danger. No students were harmed in the making of this blog.

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 jazz pianists to come to a full stop at the end of a piece making it extremely risky for audiences.

Although there have been a tremendous number of accidentals, fortunately it has so far caused no deafs.
Analysts are wondering if it will put a damper on their bass market and if they will be able to sustain sales. Congress soon called in the President of Yamaha for questioning as to when the company first learned about the treble.

Congressional inquiries brought a sharp response from President Mitsuru Umemura of Yamaha, who quickly played down the scale of the problem before taking the fifth. "Only a few modal years are affected by what is a relative minor problem," he replied tiercely. With no progression towards a resolution, sales of Yamaha pianos have gone flat, and market analysts predict an interval of diminished revenue for the company. The president announced that Yamaha would triadvertising more and fine tune their marketing strategies in order to augment sales.

I'll leave you on this note, hoping you'll be sharp!

Naturally yours,


  1. From two friends, both are musical and punny:


    I'll send a note to my staff, alerting them of the benched pianos. In the meantime, Yamaha should tri toning down their advertising until their pedals are fixed Their next ad pitch will have to have a tone of remorse for their wrongdoings.

    This kind of thing is so troubling to me. I wanted to scale the walls in frustration! They should throw the president behind double bars if he was aware of the situation before the pianos left the warehouse to be sold.

    Hopefully there won't be any repeats of these accidentals, and they'll learn their lesson. However, I'm afraid that this is just a prelude to a variation of other major problems. They had better get to the root of this and take action quickly, because they will find themselves with lines of angry customers, and the dynamic of the entire company would change completely.

    Responding quickly to this is definitely the key. Thanks so much for flagging this problem.

    Love you, and all that jazz,
    Ivy Spera

    Jack Bircher: " very punny that was ....but a GRAND idea...I h88 that I didn't know about this recall that could have benched many people.....they could have sustained many injuries for sure."

  2. Poor, poor lil bro is musically challenged. This was majorly like jumping off a clef for him!

    Reminds me of your one time ski trip down a mountain...another glissando! (Look it up, Dr. Tippett!) ;-)


  3. First, I knew that I would not get the "Last Word" in with you, but I looked forward to your response. Second, I would have you know that I am not musically challenged; I actually thought of a song with "America" in the title just the other day. Third, I stopped using my alias several years ago--Tony Stanza.

  4. You ARE funnier now days, Ricky. But looks aren't everything! (I know, I know. I need new's late and I'm old.)