I am thinking about buying Kawai CA78 also. How ever I am concerned about how I can get it to my apartment as it is not at groundfloor level.
My question is; can these pianos be tilted a few degrees? Maybe not full 90 degrees (to its side) but just enought to get it in an elevator. The width of the elevator is 150 cm.
Other options are to lift it 5 stories with a friend, which is of course risky with 75 kg weight on it, but doable. Or then order a piano-lift service which costs 150 â‚¬ and will be difficult to arrange because the shop has a free delivery on groundlevel only and the lift service needs to be ordered separately.
My CA97 (same GFII action as the CA78) was tilted fully on its side (90 degrees on the short side, so that the keyboard was vertical) by the piano movers who carried it away when I sold it. I never heard any complaint from the buyer, so I guess there was no problem with that treatment. Additionally, from when I had it open to take a look at the action, I don't see how tilting (even to 90 degrees) would damage anything. The whole action, including the keys, is secured in such a way that tilting won't matter. And the electronics don't move anyway, no matter the orientation.