We interrupt this NAMM 2020 coverage for an important safety announcement.
Yamaha Music has issued this urgent notice: please do not climb into our musical instrument cases.
The warning, posted on twitter like all the most important info these days, is in response to a mini-craze of “playing Ghosn” in which participants mimic the actions of fugitive Nissan ex-boss Carl Ghosn, who recently evaded Japanese justice by fleeing the country in a large flight case.
Accounts vary, and Ghosn himself has refused to confirm the details, but it’s believed the fleeing executive hid in a speaker box that was too large for the Kansai International Airport’s X-ray machines - not, sadly, the double-bass case first reported.
“We won’t mention the reason," said Yamaha Wind Stream demurely, "but there have been many tweets about climbing inside large musical instrument cases. A warning after any unfortunate accident would be too late, so we ask everyone not to try it.”
Ghosn, currently on the run in Lebanon, couldn't be reached for comment.