I've lurked on this forum for years but don't usually post or comment. I'm here for some opinions/advice in my search for a new instrument.
Way back in the dark ages I bought the nicest digital piano I could afford, a Yamaha CLP-970. When I was shopping for it, I also played one of the first-generation Yamaha GranTouch hybrid pianos and found it extremely impressive. At the time, it was out of my price range, so I shelved the idea for a later purchase.
In the intervening two decades I've mostly been happy with my CLP-970. I found a local repair shop that was able to replace worn out keys and do any repairs I needed. As a music teacher, I also had access to a nice grand piano at school for my own practicing and also teaching piano lessons, so the Clavinova at home was more an instrument for personal enjoyment, having around for composing/arranging, teaching my own children a few keyboard skills, and so on.
I live in an apartment building that is very short on space and so an acoustic grand piano is definitely out of the question. Even though my neighbors are very tolerant of music reverberating throughout the house (we also have several other loud instruments in our family), I like being able to practice with headphones, too.
Back in the even darker ages (last millennium!) I also owned a Yamaha U3 upright for a few years, during a time when I was teaching out of my home and practicing a lot. I must admit, however, that I never got along very well with the upright action and I always really missed my family's acoustic grand, which was an eccentric but expertly rebuilt and maintained Mason & Hamlin. I simply prefer practicing and playing even old, beat-up grand pianos rather than most uprights. (I have encountered a few uprights that I liked better, but there aren't many.)
My situation has changed recently and I'm doing more practicing and teaching at home. It now appears that the trusty old CLP-970 is in need of another round of keyboard repairs, and I'm disinclined to put the money into repairing it again because I've still had that GranTouch experience at the back of my mind and am now able to afford an upgrade to a hybrid digital.
(I've also rejected the idea of a SILENT piano because of the upright action. No space for the grand and I just don't want an upright action.)
Due to both covid restrictions and limited access to various piano models where I live, I may not be able to personally try out both models of piano I'm currently considering, the Yamaha N-1X and the Kawai Novus NV-10. In real life I have played quite a few Bösendorfers and love their sound, so I lean toward the Yamaha for that reason. I've also played a lot of acoustic Kawais that I really liked, especially the action, and so I wonder if the Kawai action might be a compelling feature. There's only one dealer here that's likely to have either of these models available to try, and I've put out feelers with them. Obviously if I've waited this long, I can certainly take the time to personally shop for my next instrument, but feedback from owners of hybrid instruments (with grand piano actions!) is also welcome.
Other considerations: I want the onboard sound to be good because I will also teach on this instrument. But the room it has to fill is quite small, so it doesn't need to be very robust. I'm not interested in software solutions or too much modification of the sound system (although adding a bass speaker or monitor or something would be fine if it improved the quality a lot) and just want to be able to enjoy the instrument as-is (as a substitute for an acoustic instrument).
And did I mention that I want the action to feel like a grand?
Fire away with comments, thoughts, advice, etc.