Roland is back at chicagopianos.com!

Cordogan’s Pianoland is proud to announce that Roland is back at Cordogan’s! This gives our customers an exclusive opportunity to compare Yamaha’s Clavinova and Roland SIDE BY SIDE! No other area retailer carries both product lines so come experience the two top brands under the same roof!

We are heavily stocking the new Roland product line and we can’t wait to get the their two newest products in — the LX-10, Roland’s top-of-the-line upright digital piano and the RM-700, Roland’s top-of-the-line digital entertainment piano.

The pianos will be arriving soon!

Cordogan’s downloadable player piano song library tops 4500 selections!

…And we couldn’t be any more proud! To this day, 9 years after we began our downloadable song library for customers, we are still the the only piano retailer to offer a service of this kind. If you are in the market for a http://www.chicagopianos.com/yamaha_disklavier.html or any sort of player piano…or even a CVP Series Yamaha Clavinova, you will instantly inherit a 4500 song library — worth thousands of dollars — for absolutely free, just for doing business with Cordogan’s!

And that’s not all. It keeps growing. Your membership is free and permanent too, so our online library is a great backup system for your CD’s, disks and USB thumb drives. If you ever lose them or they become damaged, all you have to do is log back in and re-download.

We also have “Listen & Learn” files, where you can download classical selections AND print out the listening guide so that you can learn the history of the piece you’re enjoying. It’s like stepping back into Music Appreciation 101, but this time, it’s not just for the credits! It can also be a great educational experience for the whole family. NO player piano manufacturer’s software library even offers this — only chicagopianos.com.

Our player piano customers are from all over the country, much of which is due to our free exclusive software library AND our competitive pricing. Get a taste of it here!

Farewell to the Kemble piano factory. You will be missed!

It was announced last week that the Kemble piano factory, the UK’s last piano manufacturer, will be closing its doors to manufacturing their pianos in Great Britain.  This ends a tradition in England that dates back to the late 1700’s, the efforts of which defined the piano industry worldwide for hundreds of years to come.  The very first established piano manufacturer was Broadwood of England, and throughout the next 200 plus years, the British made beautiful pianos that were highly regarded worldwide, including Kemble. It is our understanding that Kemble will continue to exist as a company — just not with pianos made in England. We will update this entry when we have more information on Kemble’s future.

Cordogan’s Pianoland began carrying the Kemble piano line in the late 1990’s and have enjoyed tremendous success with the brand.  Positioned (and rated) as a piano that is slightly better than Kawai and Yamaha, Kemble pianos offered American consumers a choice to Japanese pianos that will now no longer be available.  There is no other brand to fill this void.  That choice involved a piano that had all the engineering and technology of a Japanese piano, but had the character — both aesthetically and musically, of a European piano.  Kemble offered beautiful, timeless cabinet designs that the Japanese manufacturers have never offered.  And the soundboard material in a Kemble employs Bavarian spruce — a higher grade soundboard than their Japanese cousins, resulting in a warmer tone than Japanese pianos typcially offer.

It’s perfectly accurate to call the Japanese pianos “cousins” to the Kemble, because Yamaha owns over 90% of the Kemble company and they use the English factory to build the Yamaha upright pianos that are sold throughout Europe.  The musical designs of the Yamaha piano are absolutely shared with Kemble pianos.  In some instances, the Kemble scale design (which is to say the iron frame and accompanying string configuration) is identical to the comparable Yamaha model.  The actions and action parts are also identical.  Other models involved scale designs that are indigenous to Kemble, but the parts and quality are all Yamaha.  Again, the case design, soundboard materials and British lineage are what really makes the Kemble piano special.

With Yamaha’s recent decision to build their pianos in factories outside England, so ends the factory in Bletchley and the Kemble pianos that have been produced there for many decades.  Cordogan’s has only a few Kembles left. We have no reason to believe that the factory warranty is threatened but in any case, Cordogan’s is offering a 5 year parts and labor warranty on each remaining Kemble piano.  That’s the same warranty length that Steinway offers on their new pianos.  And considering that Cordogan’s has been in business longer than both Kemble AND Yamaha in the United States, our warranty is more solid than that of any piano manufacturer.

Please contact us at www.chicagopianos.com for more information about our remaining Kemble inventory.

New buying tip for piano buyers posted!

Please visit our “Buying Tips” link at chicagopianos.com for up-to-date, useful information about buying a piano. In particular, we recently added a Buying Tip (#1 on our list) that discusses some of the current caveats to buying a piano on craigslist, ebay or other online services where physically viewing the piano may not be easy.

In the interest of fairness, we wish to remind our readers that it is certainly possible to find a good deal on craigslist or ebay, but in the absence of becoming a piano buying expert, you may find yourself simply searching for price since the tools needed for you to gauge VALUE are far more complicated. And it is in this arena where piano buyers can get tripped up with the Buying Tip we’ve just added. We hope you find this useful!