The art of piano building consists of three essential components:
- Choice of materials
- Construction method
These 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 a collection of historical keyboard instruments. Today, this unique collection consists of more than 250 instruments. Some of them have been restored in the Chris Maene Factory, and are regularly used for concerts and CD recordings.
Highlights are an original harpsichord by Hans Ruckers (1692) and original fortepianos by Graf, Tomkison, Wachtl, Pape, Longman Clementi, Stöcker, Worning, Bösendorfer, Erard, Steinway & Sons, Pleyel, etc.
All instruments are displayed in a beautifully renovated 18th century brewery in Ruiselede, located about two kilometers from the Chris Maene Factory.