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Electronic piano maker Yamaha sends cautious note over chip crunch

President says semiconductors used in audio gear hard to replace

Japan's Yamaha is known for acoustic pianos, but the world's largest instrument maker generates more sales from keyboards and other electric instruments. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The global semiconductor shortage is weighing on an unlikely giant in the music industry: piano and audio-gear maker Yamaha.

The Shizuoka-based company is widely known for acoustic pianos, but the world's largest instrument maker already generates more sales from keyboards and other electronic instruments. It also has a growing audio equipment business, ranging from headphones and audio mixers to car speakers.

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