LOL. Thanks, Mac, for your concern, but it is misplaced. I won't be traveling until this COVID-19 virus is under control, hopefully within the next few months. (I am especially leery of the NYC metropolitan area right now.) Hopefully this Kawai-Yamaha dealer is within one day's one-way driving distance so I won't have to worry about crowds. I plan on calling ahead to make a private appointment, so no crowds there. And finally, I wash my hands regularly.
The hometown Kawai dealer doesn't have either a CA78 or CA79 in stock, and his business was in shaky condition even before the corona virus. I don't think he will be ordering any new stuff soon.
The Kawai CA 79 is the updated version of the CA 78. I prefer the CA 79 but, if the older model is available at bargain-basement prices, I might save some money by getting the CA 78.
Thanks for the advice on the Yamaha CLP 685. I was leaning toward foregoing the CLP 675 when I made this post.
Since you own a Yamaha, Mac, I might as well ask you. I saw on a PW thread that Yamaha was planning to introduce a successor to the CLP 600 series at this year's Musikmesse in Frankfurt. (That trade show was either postponed or cancelled recently.) Do you know if Yamaha still plans on rolling out the CLP 700 (?) series this year?
It would be nice to compare the competing Kawai and Yamaha models side by side. If a dealer carrying both Kawai and Yamaha digital lines does not exist, I plan on finding separate dealers (hopefully) within an hour's driving distance between them, try out both models separately, and use my short-term memory to make a decision.
Again, thanks for your concern.