Rare Used Knight Piano In Inventory

Used Knight Piano in Chicago

What if we all looked this good at 51!?

This Knight piano is not only a fantastic find because they rarely surface in the US, but also because this one appears to have been preserved in a vacuum. Knights were the primary premium piano brand of Great Britain for most of the 20th century and were the only pianos allowed to share the showroom at Steinway Hall in London.

This particular instrument has a unique style and finish that is simply not found in pianos anymore. The all-hardwood case features “butterfly” veneers – a process by which veneers are split and laid out symmetrically, as seen in this image. It’s even more rare for this theme to continue throughout each piece on the piano. It’s truly spectacular workmanship that was a British trademark for centuries.

Beyond that, Knights are beautifully-designed Instruments, with fantastic tone and touch. Despite Cordogan’s seeing thousands of pianos each year, we can still count on one hand how many times we have had a Knight piano in the past 30 years.

If you’re seeking a unique performance piano, we have your Knight in shining walnut.

For more information, call us at 630-584-5000 or visit chicagopianos.com!

Used Knight Piano - Plate

A most unique Steinway Model C piano

We are so excited to be offering this amazing 7’5″ Steinway Model C that we had to give it more attention than simply the listing in our used inventory. It has a quite the story to tell!

Steinway C no player

We originally acquired this piano in 1999 and began a restoration project that would go down in the record books. At that time, we had two model C’s in stock — the only time in 50 years that has ever happened. But that’s not all. The two pianos were very close in serial numbers and in condition. We wanted to see what it would be like if we rebuilt one using the original soundboard and one with a brand new Steinway soundboard — keeping everything else the same. Basically, we wanted to see what a new New York Steinway C would sound like vs. an old one, which is a comparison that cannot be made today since Steinway C’s haven’t been made in over 100 years.

In order for this comparison to be authentic, we had some expenses with this piano that we would normally not incur:
1) We wanted to give this piano a new, Hamburg Steinway soundboard (Steinway still makes this model in Hamburg, Germany)
2) For additional authenticity, we chose a unique way to procure the rebuilding and soundboard installation. We shipped the piano to Peter Mohr, a former Steinway employee and his father Franz Mohr, former Chief technician at Steinway and the personal technician to countless piano greats such as Vladimir Horowitz.

With this pedigree, it would be easy to argue that it is at LEAST as good as a new Steinway C — possibly better given the highly skilled attention it received. Both pianos then received new keys and a complete action from Steinway. They were then refinished to perfection and even received new, custom-made benches to match the Victorian legs on the pianos.

Steinway C Legs

To unveil the results, we brought the pianos to our Deerfield store and hosted a Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) meeting for the Chicago chapter. We let the technicians analyze them and share their findings. The results were interesting indeed. Both pianos were deemed beautiful instruments, but in the case of this piano, the consensus was that they felt like they were experiencing what a NEW New York Steinway Model C was like — clear and powerful, but with that vintage Steinway warmth. The other piano was very similar, but without the additional clarity and power that the new soundboard delivered.

One more interesting note — in the summer of 2000, after the restoration, we invited the legendary entertainer Steve Allen to perform a concert at our Deerfield location to celebrate our 50th anniversary. After the concert on this piano, he signed the piano’s iron frame. He died only a few months later.

Steinway C Steve Allen

If you think you might be interested in the most beautiful Victorian Steinway model C available anywhere, please contact http://www.chicagopianos.com at 630.584.5000.

Free piano concert in Geneva, IL Friday night!

Cordogan’s Pianoland is proud to host a free piano concert by world-class pianist Yana Reznik this Friday, March 18th at 7:00PM. This concert is sponsored by Shigeru Kawai and is part of Kawai’s national “Artist & Artisan” series. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited so please RSVP to 630-584-5000.

Please share with anyone you know who might enjoy a complimentary evening of beautiful music…

Artist and Artisan Overview

We are so proud to present a very special free concert featuring such a talented, international pianist, an amazing piano and a master technician who is bringing the two together.


Yana Reznik: Pianist, speaker, producer, host, entrepreneur, and cultural leader. Yana has been revolutionizing the way classical music affects our society. With her passionate performances and captivating storytelling, she won the hearts of thousands on her 2010-2014 tour across the United States. Becoming known as the “Pianist with a Voice”, Yana breaks the boundaries of the expected and creates innovative programs to bring the beauty of classical music to a wider and more diverse audience around the world.  Born in Moscow, Ms. Reznik holds a bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a master of music degree from the University of Southern California, and a professional studies certificate from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she was under the tutelage of Phillip Kawin and John Perry. She has also studied at the Rachmaninoff School of Music in Moscow, Russia with Raisa Bekerman, the Interlochen Arts Academy with Stephen Perry and Chapman University with Joseph Matthews. Her TV appearances include the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performing with violinist Nicola Benedetti. In 2010, Yana performed with Carrie Underwood at the ACM Awards on PBS. Her music has been broadcasted on WFMT Chicago, NPR, “From the Top”, Interlochen Public Radio and KUSC Los Angeles. Since moving to Chicago in 2014, Yana has performed at the Chicago Symphony All Access Chamber Series, Myra Hess Concert Series, and PianoForte Foundation. Her concerts were broadcasted live at WFMT 98.7 Radio.


Don Mannino: After a traditional 2-year apprenticeship, Don worked as a piano rebuilder and concert piano technician for international artists. He has trained extensively with Kawai Master Piano Artisans (MPAs) in the U.S. and Japan – and has prepared instruments for the William Kapell International Piano Competition and concert artist across North America. After earning his MPA certification in Japan, he has worked alongside the Japanese MPAs in the creation of Shigeru Kawai pianos.


Shigeru Kawai: Shigeru Kawai pianos have become a resounding choice among top-level pianists and buyers who wish to have the very best performance in a piano. In a world where the top-tier piano market has been dominated for over a century by Steinway and European brands with 150+ year histories, the emergence of any brand threatening that prestigious perch requires an explanation. And this page will explain it in unique terms that will help to provide the understanding of Shigeru Kawai pianos. Shigeru Kawai pianos represent a formidable choice for high-end piano buyers, as supported by the court of public opinion online. But why? Read more…


Looking forward to seeing you Friday night!
Rick Hansen – Sales Manageer
Cordogan’s Pianoland
Illinois’ largest piano store
Family owned since 1950


The Best Studio Piano on the Market?

Digital piano technology, like today’s computer technology, has advanced greatly in just the last few years. Some models are now blurring the lines between acoustic and digital pianos, or the boundary between real and not-real, like never before. In fact, musical institutions like schools and churches (after decades and decades of piano tunings, action regulations, and expensive repair work) are now actually “going digital.” With the added functionality and no need for tuning, digital pianos make sense for a lot of environments.

Here at Cordogan’s, we have first-hand experience with the dozens and dozens of models from all the top manufacturers; and one piano in particular seems to have crossed the boundary altogether. Meet the digital piano that has been winning over educators and teachers everywhere as the replacement for a traditional studio piano:

 HP508 feature web
– SuperNatural piano sample
– PHA-4 Concert key action
– 350 high-quality instrument tones
– Roland Piano Partner iPad app
– USB midi/audio
– Individual note voicing
– Piano Designer function (and iPad app)
– Twin Piano mode

The HP-508 gets at the heart of the experience of playing a traditional piano: Touch and Tone. With Roland’s brand-new “PHA-4 Concert” key action, a digital piano has never felt this good. The piano’s huge dynamic range and innumerable levels of expression allows for creativity without limitations. When you combine this with Roland’s ground-breaking SuperNatural sound core, their Acoustic Projection and Dynamic Harmonic software, and the deluxe speaker setup of the HP-508, magical things do happen. This piano is an incredibly enjoyable instrument to play, hear and experience.

School Studio Pianos
The Roland HP-508 is also more affordable than the new acoustic studio pianos traditionally purchased by schools, churches, and teachers, and it requires zero regular maintenance. The HP-508 includes a matching duet bench and a 5-year factory parts & labor in-home warranty as well.
Stop in our store to check it out or call us today to order!

Used piano deal of the week!

An amazing and unique piano has just arrived in our used inventory!

It is essentially the “Holy Grail” of used baby grand pianos: Made in Japan, polished ebony, and in like-new condition….
Kawai GM1 PE QuietTime--web
But what’s particularly special is that a new piano like this from Kawai or Yamaha doesn’t actually exist. New Yamaha/Kawai baby grands are now made in Indonesia. The consensus in the technical and musical community (along with the judge & jury called “The Internet”) is that the Indonesian-made Kawai and Yamaha pianos aren’t as desirable or as valuable as genuine Japanese-made pianos.

To sweeten the deal, this Kawai has been installed with a PianoDisc QuietTime silencing system which allows for all sorts of possibilities:

–Private practicing with headphones
–MIDI recording
–128 instrument tones
–8 drum kits
–16-track layering
–28 ensemble factory presets
–Multi-zone splitting
–Create setups
–Audio in/out connections
–Dual-function headphone jacks
–Built-in metronome

Comparing this piano to the current Yamaha GB1K with SG2 Silent system, this used Kawai wins by a landslide. It has over 10 times the number of sounds than the Yamaha, way more functionality, and it’s Japanese-made. The Yamaha SG2 Silent system that is installed on the Yamaha GB1K baby grand piano also doesn’t even have a metronome (let alone layering capabilities, preset/user instrument setups, drum kits, transpose, or even an LCD screen.)

Now, when you also consider that it is much more affordable than any new Yamaha Silent grand piano, the choice becomes very clear. Come check out our Kawai Silent Piano at Cordogan’s Pianoland or give us a call at 630-584-5000 (toll free 877-242-9944).

What do floods and your piano purchase have in common?

Floods are obviously tragic events that devastate lives, families, businesses and communities. Their reach however, goes well beyond that and even have long-lasting effects on the piano industry.

More Floods, More Flood Pianos

Flood pianos and how they end up in your home

The problem stems from the fact that after a flood, there are dozens or even hundreds of pianos that end damaged or destroyed. Homeowners and insurance companies end up calling piano companies and movers to remove the pianos but once they are deemed “totaled”, the pianos nefariously resurface on the resale market – their history unbeknownst to piano buyers everywhere.

This is by far the biggest problem plaguing piano buyers today who are doing their research online, and if you’re looking for a piano, it will never even crossed your radar because you’ll never seen an online ad stating “this piano came out of the floods in Northern California”.

Flood pianos are everywhere

There are THOUSANDS of pianos that are ruined every year in natural disasters and many resurface online.  Damaged pianos just can’t be placed on the curbside for the garbage man. They get picked up by dealers and technicians, some of whom get creative with restoration efforts, even though insurance companies ask for the pianos to be destroyed.  A grand piano can be in up to TWO FEET of flood waters before the actual instrument gets wet.  Obviously the pianos get saturated with humidity (and odor) which cause countless short term and long term problems, but with a new set of legs and a pedal lyre, these pianos look every bit as good in pictures as a piano that never went for a swim.  Floods don’t discriminate either — Steinways, Yamahas, Kawais, Baldwins, Mason & Hamlins, Bosendorfers — no brand is immune from being in a flood or a hurricane.


With a new set of legs and pedal lyre, Yamaha grand pianos like the one above can be purchased online for thousands less than others just like that weren’t in a flood. But don’t expect to see a disclaimer stating that it was ever in a flood and don’t expect it to last, perform…or smell, like a non-flood piano.”

There is no “Piano Police”

You may recall reading about the widespread problem of flood-ruined automobiles resurfacing after Hurricane Katrina.  Over 300,000 cars were totalled in Katrina, yet thousands of them continue to resurface in showrooms and online.  The problem is so pervasive that Congress got involved to help establish a web site containing VIN numbers of cars that were known to have been in Katrina.  We wish the piano industry had the same help from the government but no such luck.  THOUSANDS of pianos were destroyed in Katrina alone — thousands more every year in floods and hurricanes all over the country.  These pianos are going somewhere and it’s not in the dumpster.  That somewhere is online.  And since you will never see an ad description admitting to such an unfavorable history, that “amazing deal” comes with some baggage…along with possibly some mold.  Anyone who is selling these pianos is also more than capable of providing you with an extremely desirable storyline of how the piano was owned by the little old lady who only played it on Sundays.  🙂

To further mask the history of these pianos, crafty entrepreneurs send these pianos overseas where they get restored cheaply in China.  In exchange, the U.S. gets the pianos from tsunamis and other natural disasters in Asia.  It’s a fun, international game of piano hot potatoes where importers/exporters “flood” markets all over the world with pianos that insurance companies have long since forgotten.

The REAL benefit to learning to play piano using headphones.

The answer might surprise you!


The ability to silently play a piano and hear it through a pair of headphones is a relatively new concept in the instrument’s more than 300-year history. It began with the growing popularity of electric pianos in the 1950’s and 60’s, and then as the 1980’s ushered in the computer age, digital pianos became commonplace, most of which could be used with headphones. For many of us, this technology is familiar and even “old hat.” The true advantage of this technology, however, is often understated or even misunderstood.

The art of playing the piano begins with the act of learning the piano: regular practice. Scales. Finger exercises. Sight-reading. And lots of wrong notes. Though practicing piano is vital for any student, practicing is really not meant for an audience or for “listening pleasure.” Practice is not a performance, after all, it’s practice — not necessarily something you want to share with others, let alone the whole family. To a student, practicing can be uncomfortable and often embarrassing when he/she knows his/her whole family and sometimes the neighbors are going to hear every mistake.
Embarrassment is a top reason piano students quit lessons and here is why such discomfort is particularly unique to piano students. Consider any artistic endeavor — writing, painting, photography, videography, sculpture, dance… the student gets to wait until they’re ready to share what they’ve been working on.  For instance, a writer doesn’t force every family member to read each sentence as a chapter is being written; an aspiring film maker doesn’t request that family members gather around the computer monitor to watch the editing process. In fact, I’ll go so far to say that if every painter in this world had to learn to paint with every person within earshot standing over the easel watching every single brush stroke, hardly anyone in this world would paint. Yet learning to play piano out loud is the equivalent of all of those things.
Musical U headphones
Until modern times, this unfortunate and unavoidable situation was a certainty for all aspiring pianists. While most artists have the luxury of presenting finished products, piano students had to make mistakes without that luxury. Its well-known that music students of ALL ages are particularly apprehensive about performing in front of people, especially in the beginning of their studies. Naturally,stage fright can create a real roadblock. It becomes a reason not to practice, and ultimately it can contribute to a loss of interest. And aspiring pianists have had to deal with this almost every time they sit on the bench.
On a related note, stage fright is not the only cause for a student to lose interest in piano. Another top reason is having an inferior instrument. Put yourself in their shoes: as a beginner, you’re working on finger coordination. You don’t want to have to overcome the shortcomings of your piano while you’re already busy trying to master your finger dexterity on the keys. That sad fact is that most used pianos are not in tune-able or playable condition and are usually not worth the cost of servicing.  Similarly, most digital keyboards don’t sufficiently represent the sound, touch, or musical abilities of an excellent acoustic piano, either.  So having a digital keyboard with headphonecapability is only one requirement of having an adequate learning instrument.
The use of headphones also has an obvious advantage for anyone else in the home at the time of a practice session: piano practice doesn’t have to take over the entire house. The rest of the household can watch a movie, concentrate on homework, make a phone call or practice their own instruments all without interruption or annoyance.  Conversely the person playing piano isn’t going to be distracted by that movie or phone call. His/her headphones provides a level of peace and quiet ideal for learning and one that is conducive to creativity and expression.
Thanks to technology and just as importantly, understanding the benefits of that technology, not only can we practice in total freedom and privacy via headphones, we can do so on a piano that’s a joy to play — whether its an acoustic piano with a digital silent feature, a realistic digital piano, or a hybridized mixture of both!  In fact, the latest technology from a couple brands creates a musical experience virtually indistinguishable from that of sitting in front of a traditional grand piano. 
Stop by Cordogan’s Pianoland to see examples of these cutting-edge instruments or give us a call at 630-584-5000 for more information.