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.

THE ARTIST

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.

THE ARTISAN

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.

THE PIANO

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
630.584.5000
Cordogan’s Pianoland
www.chicagopianos.com
Illinois’ largest piano store
Family owned since 1950

 

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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
–Transpose
–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).

Chicago Piano Sale!

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Cordogan’s Pianoland in Geneva is offering the best deal ever on a new Yamaha!  Free delivery, 0% for 12 months — all on top of great sale prices and Cordogan’s low 7% sales tax!  Call or stop in for terms and details — 630.584.5000.

THIS SPECIAL OFFER HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY YAMAHA THROUGH JULY 14, 2013!

OUR HOURS: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm / Sat 10am-5pm / Sun 12pm-4pm

Here’s a new video tour of Illinois’ largest piano!

We have a huge selection of mint condition Kawai and Yamaha pianos!

We also have…
•    Used Yamaha Disklavier pianos IN STOCK and on sale — 4000+ song library included!
•    All retrofittable player piano systems on sale, including the latest iPhone / iPad compatible systems!
•    New Estonia pianos on sale including a beautiful, custom nickel-plated 6’3″ parlor grand (coming soon) !
•    New Roland digital pianos up to 45% off — watch all our video demos from your home!
•    Beautiful restored Steinway pianos at greatly reduced prices including two spectacular Victorian grands!
•    Used pianos from $799
•    New digital pianos from $899

Check out these images of our sprawling rural location and to see why it’s worth the drive! http://www.chicagopianos.com/genevaphotos.htm

Our low 7% sales tax and low overhead also help you save money from high-rent strip mall piano stores.  Feel free to check out our informational “Buying Tips” page and “Frequently Asked Questions About Buying a Piano” page to see how Cordogan’s helps make you a more informed buyer. http://www.chicagopianos.com

If you would like more information, please call Rick Hansen 630.584.5000 or visit the link for directions to Illinois’ largest piano store — now celebrating our 63rd year! http://www.chicagopianos.com/directions.htm

John & Diane Cordogan
630.584.5000

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.

Chicago Pianos . com’s unique MIDI song files for pianos!

For most people interested in purchasing a Player Piano, the most important question is: “How do I get music for it?”  If you’re planning on buying a Yamaha Disklavier, PianoDisc system or QRS Pianomation, please read on!

Most new player systems today include a limited amount of music pre-installed and ready to play. When you’ve exhausted that music, there’s truckloads of more music available from the manufacturers, for purchase. And at an average of $2-3 a song, it can be an unwanted pinch, especially if you’re still licking the wounds from the purchase of the player piano!  🙂

midi-vault1This is why chicagopianos.com offers a most unique service — THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND and it attracts piano buyers from all over the country.  Back in 1997, we recognized the future demand for player piano “software” (or songs) and began compiling our own library of music — separate from what the manufacturers offer for sale in their own libraries.  This library is called our “MIDI File Vault” and it is available for FREE to our player piano customers through a password protected service.  Over the years our library has grown to include over 5000 selections, which means our library — if it were even purchasable — could arguably be worth upwards of $10,000 to each of our customers.

What’s in the library?
Some of the selections are public domain (MIDI file) performances that we have edited and converted into the specific type of MIDI format that player pianos read.  Other selections have been recorded for us by professional pianists.  We have regular contributors from all over the world so we are always adding to the library and it will always be FREE to our customers.  We all date the entries so you’ll know what’s new.  It is important to note that many of the selections are completely unique and are only available through our MIDI File Vault.  For instance, we have a 45-minute Christmas song medley performed by a pianist that covers many of the great Christmas tunes in one long medley.  There is no selection like this in any of the manufacturer libraries — for purchase or othewise.  It’s like having a cocktail pianist in your living room over the holidays; there’s a performance of Debussy’s First Arabesque performed by a 10 year old Hungarian boy who happened to be in our store many years ago when his family moved here to study with a famous professor.  It is the best performance of this piece we have ever heard and it’s magical (along with inspiring to children!) to know that it was performed by a 10 year old; there are downloadable ZIP files of the complete set of Chopin Preludes or Beethoven Sonatas for instance.  And that’s just the beginning.
We have the complete archived performances from the Yamaha Disklavier e-Competitions, where amazing young pianists from all over the world compete for scholarships through a competition that only exists in cyberspace:  The contestants record their performances into a Yamaha Disklavier from the short list of e-Competition official sites around the globe and the performances are adjudicated in the U.S. by a jury of piano professors.  Amazing!  Among other things, this shows the incredibly accurate recording and playback capabilities of a Yamaha Disklavier.
We make a point to include selections that are difficult to find or completely unavailable in the manufacturer libraries.  With all the amazing music that has been written for the piano, our MIDI File Vault expands the breadth of music from where the manufacturer libraries leave off.
midi-vault2It’s educational!
Many of the composer name headers are actually hyperlinks that provide you with the history of the composer and links to where you can buy the sheet music.  Some of the links even provide the history of the specific pieces — sort of like taking a Music Appreciation class…for free…and without having to leave your home.  As an axample, above the listing for Bach’s complete set of 2-Part Inventions, you can click on a link that explains the history of the pieces and what to listen for.  None of the player piano system manufacturers offers a service like this, even as a paid subscription!
It keeps you informed and updated!
We notify you about software updates for your player system, peripheral devices to enhance your system’s features and links to software that could help you enjoy your piano more.  Technology continues to open more doors to keep you enjoying your piano so it’s good to know about them!
The legal stuff…
When you receive a password to enter the site, you’ll be asked to accept the terms of the site, which include that the files are for personal use only by the original purchaser only and they are only to be used on the piano you bought from us.  We have agreements with our contributors that the files are to be used exclusively in this manner.  Due to these agreements, we cannot offer access to our library for a fee.  We can only give it to our player piano customers by assigning user names / passwords and by maintaining IP security on the site.
midi-vault3AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MIDI FILES FOR PLAYER PIANOS!
Not all MIDI files are created equal and most don’t play properly (if at all) on player piano systems so be wary of a salesperson who says, “You don’t need to buy music, just go online — there are millions of songs out there for free.”  In theory, this may be true, but in reality it’s very far from it.  The risk of downloading a virus or malware from these unknown sites should be enough to deter you from going down this road.  And many sites claim to be free only lead you many pages deep into their site before letting you know that the particular selection YOU wish to download costs money.  Even if you do find a trusted site, most MIDI files on the web are not for solo piano.  They include the accompaniment from other instruments.  Even if you are a MIDI file expert and were able to strip away the accompaniment from an editing program, you would be left with the shell of a song.  Even “piano only” MIDI files aren’t necessarily coded correctly to be played back on an actual acoustic piano.  Finding good-quality MIDI performances for player pianos is painfully time-consuming.  This is why we have invested considerably over the years to provide a service that doesn’t exist elsewhere.
Thinking of buying a digital piano?
As it turns out, MIDI files are also how Digital Pianos play music. And when you purchase a digital piano from us, you’ll get free access as well.  And it’s easy!  Most new digitals can transfer MIDI files in and out of the piano through a common USB connection. This has also become the standard connection for player pianos to import music. Simply download the file from our website to a memory stick, plug, and play
The Cordogan’s MIDI Vault also offers tips, tricks, and software update information. Visit the MIDI Vault login page to learn more
Stop by or give us a call today at 630-584-5000 for more information.

Chicagoland’s piano prodigy Emily Bear chooses Estonia piano for Quincy Jones collaboration

Here is a new video by the little girl from Rockford who became a YouTube sensation when she performed on the Ellen DeGeneres at the age of 6.  Cordogan’s sold her aunt & uncle a Yamaha Disklavier, mostly so that they could record her and enjoy her music all the time.  She’s 11 now and has moved on to composing in all different styles.  Her new album was just produced in Los Angeles by Quincy Jones and was recorded on a 9′ Estonia.  This is a behind the scenes preview and promo piece for her new album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3SUsTXTbE68

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!!