TLDR, the delivery went smoothly and I am a very happy man, see pictures
Thank you very much for the heartwarming messages everyone! Good to be here! I finally received my lovely piano! It was delivered in the crate and I asked the delivery folks to only attach the legs and the lyre and reserved the final unwrapping and unlocking the action for myself to savor every moment! The feeling is unreal! Never did I fathom I still have the capacity to be that excited!
The piano is a meticulous marriage of craftsmanship and engineering. The level of detail, the precision, the character, call me naive, but it has far exceeded my expectations. It's especially a marvel in my mind because of its relative accessibility at its price point. I try to convey some of the beauties of the instrument through pictures if you would indulge me: http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/3074149/kawai-gx-2.html
The piano is virtually impeccable, devoid of any discernible aesthetic flaws. The action is very responsive. It is impressively in tune, especially after having traveled half the globe from Japan to the States. Even before any voicing the tone is very warm and rich (I want to to say warmer than the GX-3 I tried at the store, but I just might be high on piano right now!). The transition from the non-copper to copper strings is virtually indistinguishable (almost all other pianos I tried at the store had that issue other than an old Steinway). The sustain is truly impressive, across all registers, but especially so on treble and bass. Kawai puts an impressive number of features into its pianos, features that some other pianos in this class don't offer. I can't visually tell that the soundboard is tapered, but I want to say it does feel like it resonates better at lower volumes. The bridge is obviously vertically laminated (see the pictures).
And did I mention the action? It is very pleasantly weighted and feels like the extension of my hand. Feels like I stepped up in technique overnight (I can now play some passages that I couldn't play on my digital before without any fatigue). The extra key length (and of course being a grand) almost removes the weight disparity at the front and back of the keys.
But, I have to admit that my "truly beloved" is way too loud for me, which is something I need to work on, both in terms of managing the acoustics of the (rather small) room (for now I have put a few pillows under the piano to reduce the reverb of the hardwood floor and close the piano lid) and getting my ears used to the sound of a real acoustic.
At the risk of sounding like a cliché, it feels like it is semi-conscious! Again, forgive my naïveté, but it's been a long time away from any acoustics, which makes the contrast (to a digital instrument) that much more stark!
Anyways, given how in tune it is, I will let it acclimate to the environment before calling up my dealer for the promised regulation and tuning.
Rick, BruceD, dogperson, twocats, Hakki, MarkL, dhull100, Ian, Robert, thank you for your messages!
tony3304, best of luck in your piano buying journey!
j&j, thank you for referring me to KawaiDon's message, very reassuring.
GC13, exactly, I keep going to the room just to make sure it's still there!
KawaiDon, I am very impressed by the quality and attention to details so far (even the packaging was more robust than other unboxings I have seen).