Setting a new standard

Whether you are a world renowned musician or a passionate and discerning individual, the synergy between music, artist and instrument is essential. To excel, a piano has to offer an unlimited scope of expression possibilities. The instrument has to be much more than a tool. It has to inspire!

In a time where pianos are heavily standardized, the Chris Maene Factory launched a bold new generation of grand pianos that offer an innovative and refreshing alternative. Combining in-depth knowledge of more than 300 years of piano manufacturing with the most modern and state of the art techniques, the Chris Maene straight-strung pianos are unprecedented and unique. Based on a completely new straight-strung design and handcrafted to perfection, the instruments have no equal.

For the first time in decades musicians can discover a genuinely new world of sound. 

The making of

Discover the building of the Chris Maene Straight Strung Concert Grand.

On My New Piano - Daniel Barenboim on straight-strung grand

Maestro Daniel Barenboim travels around the world with his piano. The Barenboim-Maene straightstrung concert grand can be heard on his solo recording “On My New Piano”, which is released on November 4 by Deutsche Grammophon via Universal Music Canada.

Technical Data


  • Model: CM // 284 (Concert Grand)
  • Dimensions: L 284 cm / W 157 cm
  • Compass: 90 keys, GGG – c’’’’
  • Keyboard: Kluge, Remscheid, Germany (built according to Chris Maene specifications)
  • Black keys: ebony wood
  • White keys: non-slippery and non-reflecting composite material
  • Bass strings: Bespoke brass wound bass strings, hand made and custom calculated (proprietary software by Quality Strings,
  • Action: Renner action and hammers / Built according to Chris Maene specifications
  • Soundboard: Patent Chris Maene / Red spruce from the Alps / Hand polished

Hannes Minnaar on the Chris Maene Straight Strung Concert Grand

Hannes Minnaar performed and recorded on the Chris Maene Straight Strung Concert Grand. On Sunday the 16th of July 2017, he enchanted the full concert hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the CM // 284.

Together with his Van Baerle Trio, he used the Chris Maene Straight Strung for his recordings of all Ludwig van Beethovens Piano Trios. Volume 1 will be released in the fall of 2017.

Many artists have already played on the Chris Maene Straight Strung Grands. Visit the Chris Maene Youtube Channel to 'Discover The Sound'.