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).

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The gold rush is over; piano buyers want pianos with nickel hardware.

More and more, we are hearing the same question coming from lots of different customers: “Does piano hardware come in different finish options too, or just gold?” (Or brass, actually.) But what they really want to know, is can they get a piano that matches all the nickel fixtures in their house because nothing has been brass or gold since the early 90s.

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As of late, the trend in interior design has undoubtedly leaned toward the nickel, brushed metal, and chrome side of the spectrum. The piano industry, as it turns out, is woefully behind the curve. The vast majority of piano brands simply don’t offer it, and don’t have any plans of ever offering it. Here at Cordogan’s, we carry the two excellent, reputable piano brands that do, in fact, offer such a hardware finish.

The first is Estonia. Estonia Pianos is a top-tier performance-grade piano manufacturer making pianos that are known for their sweet, singing tone quality and tremendous value in the high-end market. Of the approximately 200 grand pianos they produce every year, on account of our persistence, they have customized pianos for us with satin and polished nickel hardware. Here are a couple beautiful examples:

Estonia 190 Nickel 1--web

Estonia 190 - nickel blog

Estonia-190-Hidden-Beauty-bubinga - nickel blog

The second piano brand with nickel hardware options is Knabe. One of the first American piano brands, Knabe Pianos, for over nearly 200 years has maintained a distinguished reputation of quality and richness of sound. They offer nickel hardware on ANY of their pianos, of which there are dozens of models. They even offer it on their uprights. Here is their beautiful 5’4″ baby grand piano in polished ebony with polished nickel hardware.

Knabe WG-54 - nickel blog

Knabe WG-54N - nickel blog

Please contact Cordogan’s Pianoland at 630-584-5000 for more information and availability, or stop in–we’re open 7 days a week.

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

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

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.

Urgent Piano Recall!

Piano News from Japan

“Yamaha and Kawai have recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the
pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would,
resulting in a dangerous number of accidentals.

The sticky pedal also makes it harder for pianists to come to a full stop
at the end of a piece, making it extremely risky for  audiences.

Although there have been a tremendous number of accidentals, fortunately it
has so far caused no deafs.

Analysts  are wondering if it will put a damper on their bass market and
if they will be able to sustain sales.

Congress is also considering calling in the presidents of Yamaha and Kawai
for questioning as to when the companies first learned about the treble.”

The “Grand Piano Mute Rail” from chicagopianos.com!

Up until recently, there was no solution for owners of player grand pianos who found their pianos to be too loud. We have the solution! The Grand Piano Mute Rail from chicagopianos.com quiets the piano considerably for both pianists and player piano systems where the music is simply too loud. This device is easily retrofitted in the home and allows a pianist to enjoy the authentic action of their grand piano instead of considering a digital piano option. This device also solves the common problem of “note drop out” on player piano systems which occurs when the volume level is turned down to its lowest possible level in an attempt to achieve quiet playing levels.

So enjoy your grand piano without disturbing the family…the neighbors…the dead. 🙂

Please call 630.584.5000 for more information and watch the video!