Drum giant Pearl strikes a coronavirus beat pumping hand sanitizer

As hand sanitizer bottles become ubiquitous outside stores, offices and even homes, a whimsical snapshot began to circulate — someone had come up with the idea of rigging up a drum kit’s hi-hat cymbal stand to dispense hand sanitizer, creating an eye-catching and usefully hands-free disinfection stand just outside their front door. 

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First published on June 9, 2020 / 5:14 AM Contemplating this bleak landscape, the 100-plus employees of the Pearl Musical Instrument Company could be forgiven for singing the blues. As an integral part of drum sets, the pedals are built for rugged use, easy to set up and portable.At 15,000 Yen (about $138), the “drum set disinfection stand” was priced below cost, and meant to be a one-off gesture. “Lots of people have never had the chance to play the drums,” he said. Some companies have converted assembly lines to manufacture masks, gowns and face shields. In Japan, nightclubs have become virtual no-go zones since a live performance house in Osaka became the center of a large coronavirus outbreak. Drum giant Pearl strikes a coronavirus beat pumping hand sanitizer

By Lucy Craft

June 9, 2020 / 5:14 AM
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Tokyo — These are tough times for the music business. “But we ended up selling out in just two days.” The hi-hat disinfection model, the company decided, would remain in the catalog. Pearl found it brilliant.Technicians got to work, removing the cymbals from a hi-hat stand and adding a small table for the cleanser bottle. Outdoor concerts and music festivals are in hiatus, and prospects for a return to live entertainment venues and arena performances seem ever more remote. パール 「消毒液」スタンド 使用方法のご案内 by
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“We planned a limited run,” Pearl’s planning manager, Masahiko Ohtomo, told CBS News. Ohtomo declined to provide sales figures. 

Medical device companies offer hands-free dispensers, Ohtomo noted, but none, he avers, carry the panache of a hi-hat stand. recession began in February

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Twitter thought it was hilarious. Like many other firms here, they were anxious to lend a helping hand in the fight against COVID-19. But for the 70-year-old global powerhouse of percussion instruments based outside Tokyo, nothing seemed quite in tune with their line of work. Instead of cymbals smashing together, stomping on the pedal depresses the pump on a disinfectant bottle, delivering a dose of virus-killing liquid. How Purell cleaned up

The solution appeared out of the blue in May, via viral tweet.