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.

Scarface bathroom - nickel blog

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!


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.


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!

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.

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!

John & Diane Cordogan

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 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.
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.

Cordogan’s newest service — Customized Art Pianos

Cordogan’s now offers the unique service of customizing pianos with art-case designs and finishes.  Our artists can employ paint, fabric, glass, metals, mosaics, to produce one-of-a-kind Art Pianos that are as inspirational to play as they are to view.  Our work can be on a grand or on an upright — your piano or ours.  We can customize any piano with any theme you choose.  The possibilities are endless! The below Art Piano is available for sale — email or call 630.584.5000 for more information.


Art Piano

Top 10 PianoDisc Highlights from NAMM 2013!

At the 2013 Winter NAMM Show this year, PianoDisc, the cutting-edge manufacturer of digital player piano technology, celebrated its 25th Year Anniversary.  Here’s the Top 10 highlights from the world of PianoDisc — useful information for both current PianoDisc owners and prospective owners!

1.  The new website was launched a couple weeks ago and is a major improvement, especially concerning the process of acquiring PianoDisc music.  All PianoDisc music has now been converted to the MP3 format which eliminates the need for their MusiConnect software (a utility program that used to be needed to convert their proprietary format into one that iTunes can read).  You can now simply purchase the album and download the MP3 files to a folder on your computer instantly without waiting.  Now you can open that folder in iTunes and easily sync up your device!

Note: MusiConnect is still available for those who wish to still import MIDI Files (0 & 1) from the web and add these files to iTunes and your library.  Please remember MusiConnect still contains the important patented technology of “Always Play” which will assign the lead instrument (i.e. Guitar, Flute, Organ, etc.) as an Acoustic Piano to play the keys part on your instrument.  Essentially, you have an unlimited amount of music available to you on the web as a result.

2. Due to changing PianoDisc’s music files to the MP3 format they were able to reduce the price of their music significantly; Vintage selections being only $19.95 rather than $33.95 for example.

3.  New “PianoTube LIVE!” is launched!  This groundbreaking exclusive YouTube channel plays the PianoDisc enabled piano live at the viewer’s location when they watch one of the channel’s YouTube videos or live streaming events. Any PianoDisc customer having their acoustic piano equipped with the iQ “Intelligent Player System” is able to literally see and hear the artist perform on their piano, at the their location — all from simply playing a YouTube video.  Another first from PianoDisc!

4.  The iQ iPad Mini Air has been introduced for sale through PianoDisc and PianoDisc dealers, which is a less expensive alternative to the very popular iQ iPad Air system.  It will come with preloaded music, making it a much better deal for PianoDisc customers than simply purchasing it from Apple or an Apple reseller.

5.  Due to the incredible success of the Apple iDevices and how they can be married with their innovative iQ techology (which features the patented “One-Touch Volume Control” where they can use the native controls on any device) they are able to tap into hundreds of different Apps.  One incredible App showcased at NAMM was the new CMP Piano App which has a great Grand Piano sampling, permitting the user to perform QuietTime or Record themselves if the user has the Mobile Performance Package and Piano MuteRail installed on their piano.

6.  Apple introduced the latest OS6 Update which now provides PianoDisc users with built-in Audio Balance Control.  Manual control using a Balance Control Box is longer required if you are using your iTouch, iPhone or iPad to play your piano.  Simple go into “Settings” on your iDevice and adjust the balance between the Piano and Audio under “Accessability” in the “General” settings category.  It is that easy!

7.  PianoDisc’s “Classical & More” Streaming Radio Station will be expanded in the upcoming year.  They received such a positive response when they recently offered the free “Christmas Station” during the holiday season that PianoDisc is going to offer a greater variety for customers that like to use this feature.  The new stations will be divided into “Classical, Ragtime & Stride, Spa, Vintage, Chinese and Christmas (seasonally)” for the free stations and later including a subscription service for more contemporary music stations like “Popular and Jazz.”  The free “TuneIn Radio” App can currently play their streaming radio station if you add PianoDisc’s address to the “Custom URL” setting under “Favorites.”  Simply type in and start enjoying endless playback.

8.  The latest update of the PianoDisc Remote App (pictured below) has been released making it even easier to use.  Offering more than audio balance control and direct streaming of their PianoDisc Radio Station, it also permits the customer “Scheduling” start and stop times, three times a day, seven days a week and also create Playlists on the fly and store them in a “Music Chest.”  It is a great tool for every PianoDisc owner.

9.  New Software Releases for 2013 will include performances by their newest artist, Jarrod Radnich, as well as several new PianoSync Creator albums such as: Amy Grant: Legacy … Hymns & Faith, Celine Dion: All The Way – A Decade of Song, Andrea Bocelli: Amore, Andrea Bocelli: Toscana, Santana: Ultimate Santana, Travis Tritt: T-r-o-u-b-l-e, Sheryl Crow: The Very Best Of, Eva Cassidy: Songbird, Il Divo: Siempre, LeAnn Rimes: This Woman, Norah Jones: Feels Like Home, Frank Sinatra: The Capitol Years, Lady Gaga: Fame, Michael Jackson: Thriller, Whitney Houston: The Ultimate Collection, Justin Bieber: My World, and many more.

All of us here at and Cordogan’s congratulate the PianoDisc family as they celebrate 25 years at the forefront of digital player piano technology!  For more information on PianoDisc or PianoDisc products, please call us at 630-584-5000 or email us @!

What a jam session! — Estonia at NAMM 2013

Grammy award winning artist Eric Parker and some of his friends stopped by the Estonia booth for a jam session last weekend at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.
Here is the uncut video, using iRig keyboard drums played live on a tiny MIDI keyboard.

Glen D. Stewart – Estonia Piano (Solo)
Donald Parker – Estonia Piano (Piano bass and foundation)
Eric Parker – Keyboard Drums (iRig Key keyboard controller with a custom MIDI drum kit programmed by Eric Parker)
Adrian Crutchfield – Tenor Sax