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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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

A new Estonia 225 7’4″ piano has arrived…and it’s for sale…sort of.

This just in!  We’re pretty excited around here at Cordogan’s Pianoland because we have a very elusive creature in our store — an unsold Estonia 225 grand piano.  Since its 2011 unveiling at the NAMM International Trade Show, Estonia’s 7’4″ semi-concert grand model has been almost impossible for dealers to obtain without a pre-sold invoice accompanying the order, but Cordogan’s was able to receive a new, unsold Estonia 225 model because the new model is going to be the focus of an upcoming Piano Technicians Guild meeting at our store October 16th.

This means we have a 225 available to audition which is actually purchasable.  This motivated several potential buyers to come in from great distances to play an Estonia 225.  We cannot deliver the piano, however, until after October 16th, so if the future owner of this piano is reading this, we hope you understand!  🙂

The Estonia 225 joins the Estonia 168, Estonia 190 and the Estonia 274 as the fourth model in this revered product line which is widely accepted as rivaling the greatest pianos in the world.

Here is a video of Dr. Indrek Laul, the president of the Estonia Piano Factory, performing on the new Estonia 225:

And here is a video of several different pianists performing on the Estonia 225 at the 2012 NAMM trade show in Anaheim, CA.

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.

New piano images online…and why this helps YOU.

Chicagopianos.com is proud to have the largest collection of new piano images anywhere on the web. If you are looking for a new piano, you have probably found the frustration of not being able to actually SEE in person what you have found online. There are good reasons for this unfortunate problem. We’ll address that first, then address our unique and truly ground breaking solution.

Leading up to and during this recession, over a dozen (and counting) piano stores closed in the greater Chicagoland metro area. That’s over half of the store fronts. Those that remain have tightened their belts, reducing their inventory substantially — a recipe for survival. But that doesn’t help you and your desire to see what you are looking to buy.

Making matters worse, a major finance company who specializes in floor planning for piano retailers waived good riddance to the industry in 2009 amid all these store closures, leaving many remaining dealers with the inability to stock product. To top it all off, consumers naturally want “internet pricing” along with the convenience of seeing a huge selection locally at a full service dealer.

Please allow me to digress in order to best illustrate the problem piano buyers face. I recently decided it would be a good idea to buy a high quality fire safe for my family’s documents and data. I’m not talking about a Home Depot safe. High security fire safes for documents and data are very expensive and aren’t sold through mass merchants.

I began my search online with the various manufacturers (along with dealers who incidentally came up in the search) and saw plenty of models from several manufacturers I was interested in seeing in person. I began Googling local retailers and was disheartened to find that this is an industry that has gone viral. In the words of one local locksmith / security expert here in Chicago, “No one wants to stock safes anymore because no one can have a showroom with a knowledgeable staff, carry the expensive inventory AND compete with online retailers who have none of that.”

My continued search upheld his sentiments. The days of actually touching a high quality fire safe before buying are pretty much gone. There seemed to be only a few online safe retailers who stock the product AND sell competitively online. Unfortunately, none of them are in Chicagoland.

It was at that time that my deja vu kicked in and I realized that the piano industry is sadly almost at that point. Piano buyers will quickly realize this when they take to the web to visit all the manufacturer sites — seeing all the various models and finishes, only to find that their local retailers don’t have the pianos on the floor.

Our 30,000 sq. ft. megastore is one of the top three largest piano stores in the country — but even still we can’t stock every model and finish from every manufacturer we represent. Despite having several hundred pianos in stock it doesn’t put a dent in what our manufacturers have to offer. To help with this problem, we photograph every instrument we have because manufacturers either don’t…or don’t do it properly, which is the subject of this blog entry.

This is where you come in. As you visit piano manufacturer sites, you’ll quickly see that they don’t have pictures of every model in every finish. Those they DO have, are professional photographs — free from glares, shadows and reflections — the very characteristics that would have provided you with some indication of what the piano actually looks like.

If you click on our new piano inventory, you’ll see all the manufacturer logos for which we are an authorized dealer. Every image we post is carefully taken to best represent what the piano looks like in person. We like glare…shadows…and reflections! We pay close attention to the camera settings to be sure the colors in the image are true to the colors of the pianos — something it seems manufacturers forget to ask of their professional photographers.

Additionally, there are many models and finishes offered by manufacturers that they’ve never even seen let alone photographed. For instance, Yamaha offers a DC5 Disklavier in snow white. If you would like to see what that looks like, you’ll need to go to our site because we have the only picture of it on earth. 🙂 Also, if you would like to see a Yamaha 5’3″ GC1 in satin mahogany, we custom-made that finish…or an Estonia 168 with nickel hardware, we custom-ordered that piano. A Yamaha CGP1000 in polished mahogany or a pink Modus F01? Visit our site to see what they look like because the rest of the world doesn’t even know those finishes are possible!

The end result is that our website has more new piano images and options for you than any other piano website. We not only have our own images posted (which are usually better than the manufactures’) but we also post the manufacturers images for those pianos that we have never had in stock, giving you the best of both worlds. On top of that, we offer finish options that the manufacturers don’t, so you’re not limited to what THEY offer — you’re limited to what is humanly possible.

Our site is a one-stop shop for over a dozen of the top piano manufacturers. With that we’re happy to answer you questions by phone (630.584.5000) or in person and hopefully earn your business. Hope this makes your online hunting easier! Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Cordogan’s has the largest selection of pre-owned Kawai & Yamaha pianos in Chicagoland and they’re all on sale now!

Cordogan’s has the largest selection of pre-owned Kawai & Yamaha pianos in Chicagoland and they’re all on sale now!

Yamaha C3If you’re looking for a “looks like new, priced like used” Yamaha or Kawai piano, this is the sale for you!

Many of these pianos have CERTIFIED WARRANTIES FROM THE MANUFACTURER!  Others have warranties from Cordogan’s — which should be of equal comfort to consumers since Cordogan’s has been in business longer than both Yamaha and Kawai have been in business in the U.S.!   Eleven Chicagoland piano stores have closed in the past two years, so when buying a used piano, choose your dealer wisely since your warranty relies on the future of your dealer!

All of our used pianos are thoroughly inspected and reconditioned to meet the specifications of the Piano Technicians Guild — a protocol that very few dealers anywhere are willing and capable of upholding.  Among other things, this assures you that the piano you buy from Cordogan’s — and the ~10,000 parts therein will perform to the level that the manufacturer originally intended.  Considering that many of the specifications of the moving parts require tolerances of less than 3/1000ths of an inch, this is no small feat!  The whole process can take days of preparation.

Yamaha C7Cordogan’s also has an on-site restoration shop and buffing room that allows us to spin a buffing wheel (like those used on automobiles) to return the polished ebony finishes to their original luster — free of swirl marks, packing material marks…and even scratches.  Strip mall stores can’t perform this type of work!

Between our internal and external restoration processes, along with our unmatched history / reputation in Chicago, Cordogan’s can truly provide a great value with a comfort level that no other dealer can match.  And now with prices being reduced on our used inventory, the value just got even better.

Be sure to view our Buying Tips and FAQ page for other valuable tips on buying a piano!  Please feel free to call co-owner John Cordogan directly at 773.383.1734 with any questions you may have.

Kawai K6Our store hours are posted here. 

If you’re planning on visiting our west-suburban Geneva megastore, please use the directions listed here.  Navigation and online map services do not work with our address. 

Thank you!