Doutreligne upright pianos are particularly popular with both beginners and advanced pianists who want to maximize their budget. For optimal sound quality and durability, quality materials such as a German Strunz soundboard, German Röslau strings and German Abel hammerheads are used. The black high-gloss finish, combined with chrome hinges and pedals, give the instruments a contemporary look. The three buffet models in this series offer a solution for every budget and musical needs.
The Doutreligne instruments are characterized by a warm sound in the bass registers, combined with a sparkling clarity in the higher octaves. This typically European timbre makes the pianos ideally suited to a wide range of musical styles. The character of the instruments is carefully tuned and intoned by top technicians who are trained internally at Pianos Maene. This way, we give the instruments a unique musicality that builds on more than 80 years of craftsmanship and expertise. Each instrument is subjected to a strict quality control and may only leave the workshop in Ruiselede when we are convinced that the sound is perfect.
The soundboard, also called the soul of the piano, transforms the vibrations of the strings into a unique piano sound. Doutreligne soundboards consist of strictly selected solid spruce with fine straight grains, produced by the German quality brand Strunz. Each soundboard is carefully "tapered" giving it more freedom to vibrate. This ensures optimal tone and a powerful sustain.
Abel's top brand hammerheads consist of maple wood (buffet pianos) and mahogany wood (grand pianos). These are very light, responsive woods that provide a pleasant touch and unprecedented purity. All hammerheads are equipped with a double layer of felt. This ensures that the shape of the hammerheads is better preserved and that the felt is more resistant to the years of impact of the strings. The Master series is equipped with Renner's superior hammer heads.
There are approximately 220 strings in a piano and each string is under an average tension of 70 to 80 kilograms of force. For the stringing, the best quality has been chosen, namely German steel stringing from Röslau. The instruments are equipped with a duplex scale, which causes the upper and lower parts of the string to vibrate with the singing part. This creates a fuller tone and richer sound.
Vertically Laminated Bridges
All Doutreligne instruments feature bridges consisting of multiple layers of maple wood. The use of vertically laminated bridges (patented by Steinway & Sons in 1880) ensures that the energy created by the vibration of the strings is transferred to the soundboard in a more efficient manner. This in turn contributes to even more purity in the sound.
The furniture design is entirely in the hands of our graphic specialist, who was trained in the Maene atelier and has already gained a lot of expertise in designing replicas of historical instruments and recently in the design of the right-handed Chris Maene concert grand pianos. With the choice for a stylish and sleek design, the instruments distinguish themselves from the typical, more traditional design that you find in other piano brands. This makes the design of the pianos suitable for both everyday and modern interiors. The extra-wide music stand ensures that even more scores can be neatly placed next to each other in a single row.