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

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.

So long sheet music, hello iPad.

The writing has been on the wall for years, but the iPad is definitely speeding up the obsolescence of printed music.  After 61 years of selling printed music, our retail store front is in the process of having a fire sale on our remaining sheet music and books because of this quickly developing trend — and the trend is here to stay.   Why?  The notion that all of your printed music can be neatly organized on an iPad or similar tablet is a dream come true for musicians in more ways than one can initially imagine:

  • No need to create room in your home to store all your music
  • Your entire library can be taken with you anywhere and accessed instantly
  • Your current music can be scanned into the iPad
  • No need to worry about books closing on you while you’re performing
  • Your markings and notations can be temporary
  • No need for a music light since the iPad is backlit
  • You can purchase whatever music you would like right on your iPad and have it instantly
  • You can accurately turn pages with the swipe of your finger (or with a bluetooth pedal)
  • Interactive sheet music / MIDI is coming from PianoDisc for your player piano
  • All sorts of  apps are being developed to cater to every musical need.
  • No more need for rare scores to be “out of print”
  • MIDI sheet music will allow you to hear the selection you purchased and even offer accompaniment

This trend is also going to likely have an effect on the way music racks are designed on pianos as well.  Many popular professional upright pianos already have a problem holding up books, let alone the sheet music created from printing purchased music on a home computer printer.  Securely holding up an iPad isn’t even on piano manufacturers’ radars yet but it better be soon!  It wouldn’t surprise us if we start seeing a USB charging station embedded into the music racks of pianos with a power cord coming out the back of the piano!

It’s official, a used Yamaha U1 piano is the most requested piano in the entire industry.

This is only news insomuch as it hasn’t been proclaimed in print as much as it has long been suspected, until now. A used Yamaha U1 piano is by far the most sought after used piano model, representing 35% of all inquiries. Considering that the remaining 65% represents piano inquiries for the entire industry, spanning literally thousands of brand names and over 100 years’ worth of products, this is quite a testimony to the popularity of this particular model number. It begs the question, why?

Used Yamaha U1 professional upright piano

The most popular used piano

We should first qualify our claims about the used Yamaha U1 piano’s popularity. Our website, chicagopianos.com, fields as much as 50 inquiries a day from people all over the world seeking information about buying a piano. Because our site has more images of new & used pianos than any other retail piano website in the country, the inquiries we receive are very broad in nature. When we first posted this blog in 2011, we studied the previous three months of used piano inquiries in our database and 43% specifically asked about U1. In 2016, the same study showed a used Yamaha U1 was mentioned in 35% of the inquiries.

While the percentage has gone down a little, it’s important to note that hardly any other model even registers on this list.  The used Yamaha U1 piano is a thing.

In all fairness to the rest of the industry, this isn’t much of a surprise for several reasons:

1) Yamaha has made the U1 for half of a century worldwide without changing the model. Very few manufacturers have models that have been available even a fraction of the time.

2) The Yamaha U1 does have an excellent reputation for being a terrific, durable, professional upright piano so it stands to reason that it is highly requested.

3) Yamaha’s competitor Kawai, changes models from time to time…and from country to country, so they don’t really have a chance to compete in this contest, even though a couple of Kawai’s taller, yet comparably priced used models (along with a used Yamaha U3) could eat a U1 for lunch.

4) Yamaha has made more U1 pianos than the total of all models produced by most piano manufacturers.

5) Many cultures ONLY request Yamaha U1’s, so with that sort of brand/product loyalty, the piano has tremendous presence.

It is important to remember, however, that not all used Yamaha U1 pianos do not weather time the same. This is why the price range for U1’s wildly varies on the wild wild web. Also keep in mind that age doesn’t often have much to do with resale value. We recently had a 5 year old U1 that rightfully sold for less than half the price of one that was 40 years old due to how it was cared for. The cabinets both pianos looked great but the insides told a different story. Used Yamaha U1 and U3 pianos imported from Asia also have a very wide range of quality…and therefore a wide price range as well. There is a LOT to know about these pianos when simply shopping price on the lawless internet, where “mint condition” has no legal definition so please feel free to contact us for more information. You can also Click here for Buying Tips that you will likely find to be most valuable if you’re looking for information on buying a used piano.

Cordogan’s tries to obtain as many used Yamaha U1 pianos and used Yamaha U3 pianos as we can get but good ones are often difficult to find — especially ones that have been cared for well, so please check our used piano inventory or call 630.584.5000 to see what we currently have in stock.  Our prices not only represent the best value you’ll be able able to find anywhere in the U.S. but you can also have the security of buying from a reputable, family-owned company established in 1950!

Does all of this talk of Yamaha U1’s mean YOU should want one? Not necessarily. It just means that it’s an easy product to research because it is widely popular on a global level and because it doesn’t have much competition given its long history and widespread popularity. There are definitely pianos that might be a better value for you, depending on your circumstances and use.

Also there are still plenty of issues to discuss if you should find yourself considering a used Yamaha U1 piano, so please contact us at 630.584.5000 for more information.