Roland launches a series of white digital pianos!

In leaving no digital rock unturned, Roland just announced the availability of three digital piano models in white — a great compliment to an already complete product line. They’re not just white digital pianos, but they’re white done right. Whenever we’ve seen white digital pianos in the past (and there haven’t been many), there has always been sort of a “Awww, if they had only (fill in the blank)” response. Sometimes it was the that the finish wasn’t quite right or they still used the same black buttons / control panel found in the other finishes…or maybe the bench didn’t match. Roland really got it right on these:

The RP301R white

Roland RP301R White Digital Piano from Chicago Pianos . com

Roland RP301R White Digital Piano from Chicago Pianos . com

It’s really an egg shell, which is much nicer than a stark white, and it’s a satin finish — not the high polished finish that the other models have. It’s a great great, unique look and we would love to see more models in this finish (eh hem, Roland!)

The DP90S white

Roland DP90S White Digital Piano from Chicago Pianos . com

Roland DP90S White Digital Piano from Chicago Pianos . com

This is a high polished egg shell finish like that which you might see on a shiny grand piano. It is musically the same as a HP503 only with the slimline design and the PH3 action (currently found in the top-of-the-line HP507 and LX15).

The LX15 white

Roland LX15 White Digital Piano from Chicago Pianos . com

Roland LX15 White Digital Piano from Chicago Pianos . com

This is also a high polished egg shell finish and it is a limited edition finish.

All three models boast having a customer control panel with buttons specifically made for these models.

Nice job Roland!!

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The best player piano system?

At chicagopianos.com, we often get calls from customers across the country asking us which player piano system is the best.  These inquiries stem from the fact that we are in the unique position of being an authorized dealer for all three major player piano systems — the Yamaha Disklavier, QRS player piano systems and the full line of PianoDisc iQ player systems.   We have been told by many customers that they can’t find any dealer who truly represents all three.  The reasons for this could be the subject of another blog…a lengthy blog, so we won’t address that here but the important thing here is that you’re reading a blog entry about player pianos written by a piano dealer who A) is speaking from a distinctly unbiased position and B) has been carrying digital player systems for almost 25 years.

The notion of chicagopianos.com being a dealer for all three major player systems is indeed so unique that we had a “player piano summit” are our store where we invited representatives from each manufacturer to give a presentation to the press about “the latest and greatest”.  It was the first and only time this has ever been done.

The impetus for this particular blog is account of because of the newest player piano system from QRS.  We simply HAD to blog about it.  The below video shows the incredible ease of use the new QRS Pianomation2 player piano offers.  It’s truly amazing.  You can walk in our store, take your smartphone and within one minute you will have QRS’ entire library at your fingertips, controlling the piano from your phone.  There is no control box on the piano so there is no visual indication the piano is even a player piano.  Best of all, the most popular songs and recording artists in the world are represented in the QRS library and available for playback.  To clarify further, we mean the original recording artist’s versions play from cyberspace, so you hear, say, Billy Joel actually singing Just the Way You Are (as in the video) or Alicia Keys singing Fallin’ while the piano accompanies that original artist’s performance.

While all three player piano manufacturers offer the ability to hear original artist’s recordings, the new QRS Pianomation 2 system is hands down the easiest way to hear such music.  Please contact us for specific information about how the other systems differ.

The ease of use with the new Pianomation 2 system does not mean that this system is for everyone.  It just happens to be a breakthrough in the area of easily accessing a huge library of original artist recordings.  The features of other player systems may be of equal or greater importance to your particular needs so if you’re in the market for a player piano, please contact us to discuss this.

A new Estonia 225 7’4″ piano has arrived…and it’s for sale…sort of.

This just in!  We’re pretty excited around here at Cordogan’s Pianoland because we have a very elusive creature in our store — an unsold Estonia 225 grand piano.  Since its 2011 unveiling at the NAMM International Trade Show, Estonia’s 7’4″ semi-concert grand model has been almost impossible for dealers to obtain without a pre-sold invoice accompanying the order, but Cordogan’s was able to receive a new, unsold Estonia 225 model because the new model is going to be the focus of an upcoming Piano Technicians Guild meeting at our store October 16th.

This means we have a 225 available to audition which is actually purchasable.  This motivated several potential buyers to come in from great distances to play an Estonia 225.  We cannot deliver the piano, however, until after October 16th, so if the future owner of this piano is reading this, we hope you understand!  🙂

The Estonia 225 joins the Estonia 168, Estonia 190 and the Estonia 274 as the fourth model in this revered product line which is widely accepted as rivaling the greatest pianos in the world.

Here is a video of Dr. Indrek Laul, the president of the Estonia Piano Factory, performing on the new Estonia 225:

And here is a video of several different pianists performing on the Estonia 225 at the 2012 NAMM trade show in Anaheim, CA.