The art of piano building can be explained by explaining three main pillars:
- Choice of materials
- Construction method
These three components are equally important, respond to each other and are influenced by one another. They have to be used in the right proportion and brought together in the right way by the instrument builder. A lot of the know-how comes from tradition, but also the craftsmanship and technical capabilities of the piano builder are significant. Through the years, piano-building has known a remarkable evolution.
With that knowledge and a passion for music, Chris Maene started to collect historical keyboard instruments. Today, his unique collection consists of more than 250 instruments. Some of them have been restored in the Chris Maene Workshop, and are regularly used for concerts and CD recordings.
The collection includes an original harpsichord by Hans Ruckers (1692) and fortepianos by Graf, Tomkison, Wachtl, Pape, Longman Clementi, Stöcker, Worning, Bösendorfer, Erard, Steinway & Sons, Pleyel, etc.
All instruments are displayed in a beautiful restored brewery in Ruiselede, located about two kilometers from the Chris Maene Workshop.