In 2004, the two sons of Chris came to work for the company. With Dominique and Frederic Maene, the third generation is also active.
Meanwhile, over 40 employees guarantee excellent service: tuners, consultants, transporters, administrative services, and all of the workshop members who are responsible for maintaining, building and restoring instruments. The three shops sell about 1200 piano’s every year. Furthermore, over a thousand pianos, rented to individuals, are in circulationThrough us. Every year some 850 concert rentals take place. The biggest concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw Brugge and the Brussels Bozar, call upon the instruments and services of Pianos Maene. We own three Steinway concert grands and four ½ grands. Furhtermore, we rent some of the historic instruments from the collection of Chris Maene, which includes more than150 instruments. These instruments are used during concerts as well as during recordingssessions.
When the building in the Aalterstraat became too small, Piano’s Maene moved in 1998 to the Industriestraat 5. Ten years later, in 2008, this building also proved to be too small, whereupon the workshop and the showroom moved to a bigger location in the Industriestraat 42. Today, Pianos Maene is one of the biggest piano centers in Europe.
Important milestones from this period are:
- 2004 Start of Doutreligne pianos and harpsichords
- 2006 Building of the very first Steinway replica: the "Steinway N°1"
- 2008 Move to new headquarters, Industriestraat 42
- 2009 45th employee accepted. Award Trends Gazellen West-Flanders
- 2009 Investments for the workshop : 3D Cad Software (Top Solid), horizontal presses, vertical presses
- 2010 Investment in new ERP-software Navision
- 2010 Workshop Chris Maene builds a replica of Chopin piano : a concert grand Pleyel from 1843
- 2010 Workshop designs a design grand piano : the Doutreligne Seven. First introduction at Interieur Kortrijk
- 2011 Pianos Maene wins the ‘Henry Van de Velde Award’ for the Doutreligne Seven design piano
- 2012 Pianos Maene purchases a recent industrial building and opens a fourth branch-store in Wommelgem (Antwerp)
- 2012 Chris Maene leaves the daily management to CEO Stefaan Vanfleteren and his management team. Chris himself focuses on the workshop and instrument building
- 2013 Pianos Maene opens a new branch-store in Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Ghent.
- 2013 Pianos Maene officially becomes Royal Warrant Holder, after years of service to the Court and the Royal Family.
- 2013 Chris Maene and his workshop build a replica of a Broadwood pianoforte from 1817, by order of the Mc. Gill University in Canada.
- 2014 Klara, the classical music radio station, elects Chris Maene as Musical Personality of 2013
- 2015 Chris Maene and his workshop build a very own straightstrung concert grand for Maestro Daniël Barenboim
- 2015 Next to the show room in Ghent, a second show room opens: the Steinway Piano Gallery Belgium, flagship store of Pianos Maene
- 2015 The Doutreligne Seven design piano and the Chris Maene Concert Grand are introduced in the Belgian Pavilion on the World Expo in Milan
- Pianos Maene opens a new shop in Rekem (Lanaken), Limburg