I think Navindra advise is good. Either keep your CA97 as long as you can until soon before you move or get a slab.
I know you enjoy using your VSTs so in your situation I think the VPC1 would be a good temporary stop gap as a slab keyboard.
I've always liked your playing and recordings David, so I'd be interested in your impressions of the action of the LX705 versus the LX706/708. I was disappointed with the sounds of these keyboards but I quite liked the action of the 706/708. How did you find they compared to the action in your CA97.
It always feels good to know someone around here enjoys my recordings, thank you
I've been giving the whole thing a second thought after I read your comments, and seems like I'm keeping my CA97 for a while more until I definetely move.
I've got a very serious buyer who is still insiting and to be honest I really feel sad about getting rid of my CA97 since on the one hand I'd love to have the CA99 or the LX708, they both look great as a central piece of furniture in my living room, in addition to the cool control and connectivity features they offer through apps etc. but in the other hand I really cannot find the solid pianistic arguments to sell my CA97, as it performs perfectly in terms of action and sound, especially after I replaced all 88 keys with real felt.. so I don't get to fully convince myself about the selling decision, and yet less after I read your opinioins.
Changing topic, I've only played the LX705 as for Roland LX series since they didn't have any larger ones in the little store we have in my little city (Pamplona, Spain). I wasn't expecting much after all the reviews and fellas complaining about somewhat "thin" sound etc. but I was greatly surprised when I played the PHA50 (never tried it before) and heard the different patches available, loved it really. The keytouch is completely different from the GF2 but not in a bad way, it's just not after the action that a japanese manufacturer (Kawai) would use for their pianos, unlike the GF2 which is supposed to mimic the keytouch of an acoustic of their own (presumably the SK-EX).
However, it did feel like a grand action, call it Steinway if you want, I wouldn't be able to say which, but definetely not like a toy or something unplayable, I could get full expression and joy out of the PHA50, so I'm suposing I'd also get it from an improved and longer HYBRID PHA50 (only on LX706 and LX708), although sound generator is the same for all three models, not sure why they decided to do it like that.
One big downside of the LX705 was the bass response, I'm assuming that it's because of the speaker configuration, this model has only got 4 speakers and no soundboard, which made it a worse sounding system than my current CA97, that's why I'm only assuming that a bigger model or mayber the LX708 would equal the CA99 (or even CA97) in terms of sound.
Said that, I like the presence it gave and the modelled piano sound, no issues at all and they did it in such a way that they really achieved a big presence (ambience?), clarity was specially good, that's all I can say.
I've recently been seeing NV5 and NV10 reviews, and the latter might be among the options I consider if I one day happen to replace my CA97, will see what new models all brands come up by then, if any.
Thanks for your opinions guys!