The piano market has an overload of brands and models. A lot of piano builders don't use the artisanal quality principles which create superior pianos, in order to persue an easier and more "market friendly" approach.
To ensure your investment, it has become more and more crucial to call on a piano house that knows how to sift the wheat from the chaff. Pianos Maene is a house of trust, where tradition and quality have gone hand in hand since 1938.
Based on our expertise, we deliberately chose to sell six complementary acoustic piano brands: our exclusive brands Steinway, Boston, Essex and Doutreligne and the Japanese brands Kawai and Yamaha. All of these pianos excel in musical and pedagogic qualities, an excellent price/quality ratio and European sound.
The best brands in one place
This is not just a slogan. Our brands are one of our main qualities.
Pianos Maene is the exclusive importer of Steinway & Sons pianos and grands for Belgium. Additionally, we also offer the high quality brands Boston and Essex. Our own brand Doutreligne is the right choice for any pianist looking for the best price/quality ratio. Furthermore, we have been a dealer for Kawai and Yamaha for many years. For both brands, we are one of the biggest dealers in Europe.
Steinway & Sons
Steinway & Sons has been the pinnacle of word-class pianos since 1853. Traditional craftsmanship at the highest level, accurate eye for detail and the use of the best materials are key trademarks of each instrument that is handmade in New York and Hamburg.
Did you know that a Steinway grand piano is composed of 12,000 independent components and that manufacturing a hand-made Steinway can take up to a year? More than 1,400 concerto pianists worldwide opt for a Steinway. But also for the amateur piano player buying a Steinway is a dream come true.
Piano’s Maene is the exclusive retailer for Steinway & Sons’ instruments in Belgium. At our renowned workplace instruments are also repaired with original Steinway components. Hence you will find an interesting catalogue of second-hand Steinway instruments in our assortment.
The Chris Maene workshop was the only one in the world that was granted permission to build a replica of the very first Steinway Grand Piano from 1836.
More information about this replica and about Steinway in general, its history and its collaboration with Piano’s Maene can be found on our separate dedicated website.
After solid market research the renowned company Steinway & Sons acknowledged that within the mid-price segment a piano concept was missing that could deliver a higher musical turnover.
With the arrival of the Boston piano, this gap was perfectly bridged. The first sister brand of Steinway & Sons was launched in 1992. The high musical turnover is achieved by creating a stable concept with unique manufacturing properties closely related to the Steinway product. For example the double sound box made from high-quality wood, the wide tail design for the grand piano, the diaphragm soundboard, the vertically laminated bridge, the ‘Octagrip’ pinblock and a very well-balanced hammerhead.
Together with the flawless action, these traits make the Boston a particularly attractive keyboard instrument in the mid-price segment, happily touched and loved by both the classical, the jazz and the pop piano player. “Steinway Promise Certificate”: when investing in a Boston you receive the guarantee of recuperating 100% of the net price when considering an upgrade to a Steinway & Sons piano within the first 10 years.
A meaningful investment? Definitely! Boston, designed by Steinway & Sons, has 3 upright and 5 grand piano models on the market.
Following the Boston concept, Steinway acknowledged that there was an equal concept missing in the base segment of the piano market. One that has a significant focus on quality of sound. With the arrival of the Essex piano, Steinway & Sons has designed a piano that corresponds brilliantly to this profile. This second sister brand was fully launched during 2006.
Again Steinway & Sons has successfully achieved integrating related “Steinway Traits” into the concept of the Essex piano. The extraordinary solid spine structure, the concept of the soundboard with vertically laminated bridge, the diagonally laminated pinblock, the wide tail design for grand pianos and the lean action with well-balanced hammerheads form the core ingredients for a brilliant concept with exceptionally rich and harmonic musical language.
Every amateur and even advanced piano player is served his/her every need with the Essex piano. Within the budget of the better basic piano, the Essex, designed by Steinway & Sons, is the absolute recommendation if you prefer quality at an affordable rate. “Steinway Promise Certificate”: when investing in an Essex, designed by Steinway & Sons, you receive the guarantee of recuperating 100% of the net price when considering an upgrade to a Steinway & Sons piano within the first 10 years.
A meaningful investment? Definitely! Essex, designed by Steinway & Sons, has 3 upright and 5 grand piano models on the market.
The day you decide to buy a grand piano, the right choice is essential. Doutreligne, the private brand of Piano's Maene, stands for exclusivity and craftsmanship. To favour a Doutreligne is to choose a grand piano which guarantees a pleasant sound, a nicely feeling touch, and a perfectly finished and robust instrument.
The soundboard is the soul of the grand piano. It determines to a great extend the sound colour, sound quality, durability and the volume. Following the best piano builders, Doutreligne pianos use massive epica. This is a light, smooth wood sort which is strong due to its straight grain. The slightest trembling of the chords is hereby amplified and coloured. The touch of the grand piano is able to reproduce all kinds of musical emotions. This is obtained through a perfect keyboard and a perfect action. All of the parts are of the highest quality and are assembled with great precision. Specialized technicians provide for a subtle adjustment and quality control for the Doutreligne-Maene selection. This way, we give the instruments a unique musicality which is based on more than 70 years of experience. A beautiful furniture finish shows the seriousness and the care of the piano builder and has become a byword for quality and durability. The choice of the materials, the manufacture of the components, the assembly and balancing by Doutreligne-Maene selection guarantee an impeccable quality and years of musical enjoyment.
Have a look at our Doutreligne leaflet.
Yamaha was founded by Torakusu Yamaha in 1889, under the name Yamaha Organ Manufacturing Company. The company was turned into a public limited company in 1897 under the name Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd., of which Torakusu Yamaha became CEO. In 1987 at the occasion of the company’s 100th anniversary the name was changed into ‘Yamaha Corporation’. The headquarters are located in Hamamatsu, Japan. This location also holds the Japanese production unit (Toyo Oka) where the premium instruments are constructed amongst others. But Yamaha also has piano factories in other Asian countries such as China and Indonesia.
Initially Yamaha produced cheap clones of western brands, as many other companies did back in those days. However during the past 125 years the company has grown to become one of the key players in the music industry, with instruments in all price ranges. The selection is not limited to pianos and other keyboard instruments but also holds wind and percussion instruments, professional audio equipment, music software, and so on.
Piano’s Maene and Yamaha have been collaborating for over 30 years. We embraced the Yamaha premium instruments as one of the early adopters in Europe and the first in Belgium.
Today you’ll find several Yamaha series in our shops, such as the B-series, the U-series, the YUS-series, the SX-series, …
In 2013 Kawai celebrated its 85th anniversary. In a small rented workshop in Hamamatsu (Japan) founder Koichi Kawai started manufacturing pianos back in 1927. His goal was to present a piano that was both revolutionary and affordable. When Koichi died in 1955, his son Shigeru Kawai followed in his footsteps, and in 1989 his son Hirotaka assumed control. Today there are still a lot of Kawai instruments being produced in Japan. A small portion (mainly the smaller models) are currently being manufactured in Indonesia. In 1997 Kawai was the first piano manufacturer worldwide to receive the ISO 14001 label for their excellent environmental policy.
Chris Maene’s father, Albert Maene, was first introduced to Kawai at the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Even though the piano market back then was mainly focused on smaller upright pianos, Albert saw potential in Kawai’s higher-grade upright and grand pianos. As such he was one of the first in Europe to notice this opportunity. In 1960 the Kawai pianos first appeared in our showroom. In 2010 Piano’s Maene and Kawai celebrated their 50 years of loyal collaboration. Several events were organised on this occasion: a Kawai exhibition, a special series of upright pianos (exclusively designed for Piano’s Maene), a visit from Mr. Kawai (present CEO) to our headquarters in Ruiselede, which ended festively with a jubilee concert.
The past 85 years Kawai has received a large number of patents for their piano related developments. Today the Kawai instruments are typically known for the harmonious interplay between centuries of craftsmanship and advanced technologies. The specific method of manufacturing and the use of revolutionary materials guarantee an exquisite sound and an extremely responsive keystroke: Kawai instruments hold amongst others a Neotex keyboard (which absorbs natural oils and perspiration from the hands), a massive soundboard made of quarter-sawn spruce, and a Millennium III action (made out of ABS-Carbon, which is not subject to moisture or atmospheric humidity contrary to wood and has a longer lifespan).
Today Piano’s Maene is proud to be Kawai’s largest retailer in Belgium. The company has already received many awards for this. Thanks to the large range of acoustic and digital Kawai pianos we succeed in advising our customers a Kawai instrument that matches with their specific expectations, preferences, personalities and finances. Investing in a Kawai piano is and remains worth the effort because of its great quality, warm sound and reliable craftsmanship. In our showrooms you’ll find several series of acoustic Kawai pianos, including the K-series (upright pianos) and the G and RX-series (grand pianos).