Nord keyboards are proud to present another world unique historical instrument from the Chris Maene Collection: The Steinway No.1.

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The first Steinway fortepiano – the No.1 – was designed and constructed by the founder of the company, Heinrich Engelhardt Steinway, in 1836. It is also known as the ”Kitchen Piano” since it was crafted in Heinrich Steinway’s kitchen in Seesen, Germany.

The Steinway No.1 featured a new innovative type of action that allowed quick repetitions and leather-covered hammer heads which produced a big sound.

In 2006 the Chris Maene Workshop in Ruiselede, Belgium, became the first and only company to get the official authorisation from Steinway & Sons to make a copy of this original instrument. This replica of the very first Steinway took 2000 hours to complete and X-rays had to be taken of the original to capture every tiny detail. With this replica Mr Chris Maene realised the rebirth of a legend. The innovative No.1 from 1836 still exists in its original state at Steinway & Sons, NY.

The Steinway No.1 by Chris Maene will be available for download on Thursday 19th January at

About the Chris Maene Workshop

The Chris Maene Workshop is world famous for their unique handcrafted replicas of historical instruments as well as high end Grand Pianos. Chris Maene also collects historical keyboard instruments and his exclusive collection consists of approximately 200 different rare instruments. Read more at

About the Nord Piano Library

The Nord Piano Library is a specialised library for acoustic and electric keyboard instruments and incorporates a number of unique technologies in order to create the most realistic reproductions of the original instruments. The library contains a wide selection of multisampled upright and grand pianos, vintage electric pianos, harpsichords and clavinets – all carefully selected for their unique characters.


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