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

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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!!

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!

The increases are coming! The increases are coming!

Some of you who pay attention to the markets may have noticed the dollar is at 81.4 this evening against the yen. This is not helping Japanese piano prices and digital pianos in the market. Most of our manufacturers (even those outside Japan) have either already raised their prices or have indicated they’re about to do so. Those increases most often do NOT affect in-store pianos or those that are already in the pipeline to us, so if you’re in the market for a piano, we would like to give you another valid reason to pull the trigger sooner than later. Additionally, you should know that historically, piano manufacturers do not LOWER prices when the markets level out. They see this as the opportunity to continue to get paid back for the months or years that they held off on the increases in the first place.

“Does this affect used piano prices too?” Absolutely. It doesn’t happen overnight like how manufacturer price increases go into effect, but the used market plays catch up pretty quickly. The price of a used piano usually starts with the owner (dealer or private individual) consulting new piano prices to help determine the value of the used one in question. For instance if a new 48″ Yamaha U1 professional upright goes up 5%, used ones pretty much go up accordingly because the value of used ones is related to the prices of new ones.

At this time we have a great selection of used Yamaha pianos and used Kawai pianos. Please click here to see our new Yamaha piano inventory and click here to view our used piano inventory. If you have any additional questions, please call us at 773.383.1734.

Cordogan’s Pianoland / Chicago Pianos . com featured in Suburban Life Weekly!

Read the article and view photos of Cordogan’s Pianoland, Illinois’ largest piano store!

The two best words to describe Estonia pianos — SOLD OUT.

Date: 5/11/10

The U.S. demand for Estonia pianos has reached a level that we’ve never seen before in any brand. Even in these challenging economic times when most piano manufacturers have warehouses full of pianos, the highly acclaimed Estonia piano is thriving to unprecedented levels, selling out all over the world. Estonia dealers are hopeful to have just a single unsold Estonia on their floor to show. Most have none. Our store was without a display model for months, but we just received two backordered Estonia pianos (a 5’6″ model 168 and a 6’3″ model 190) — although neither is actually for sale. These pianos must remain on our floor to show because it could be over a year before we ever see an unsold Estonia. The Estonia piano factory is now only allocating units to dealers who produce invoices showing they are sold to retail customers. The current wait time is 2-4 months.

Why is this happening?

Well, it is no secret that Estonia pianos have become the most talked about name in world class grand pianos — and that comes with good reason, which you can read about here. Their value is so unparalleled in the industry that other world class brands are being offered at huge discounts with immediate delivery, only to have consumers still choose Estonia…and wait months for delivery. But that’s really just the beginning of the story. Estonia’s recent elevated status in the piano ratings is actually the first of many recent changes in the market that has fueled the surge in demand.

Looking at the production side, Estonia only makes ~200 pianos a year — for the whole world. Now that the piano ratings show Estonia at least as good as a Steinway (at roughly 30% less cost), the piano world has been buzzing even more. Steinway makes approximately 5000 pianos a year for the whole world. Therein lies part of the supply & demand problem that Estonia faces. Couple that with the fact that Estonia has chosen to open up dealers in China and the problem just got exponentially worse. To make matters worse, Estonia just began production of a 7’4″ model for which there are dozens of orders. Those orders, and any subsequent 7’4″ orders will be at the expense of the production numbers of the other models because Estonia is not increasing production with the introduction of their fourth model.

Are Estonia pianos worth the wait? The piano buying public seems to have answered with a resounding yes. Please feel free to come in and experience the beauty of Estonia pianos for yourself by visiting Cordogan’s Pianoland.

Email us for more information at info@chicagopianos.com or call Rick @ 630-584-5000 .

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.”