Of course we now want a full report afterwards 🤭.
So now I'm on my way home after a few days in Germany. I followed your suggestions and visited the Bechstein Centrum in Berlin and WOW what a store! A beautiful place with a huge selection of all their models (except for the D-282 which they currently didn't have in the exhibition). The staff was really friendly and I was allowed to try all the instruments. I also tried the Vario system on several different instruments. Since this is a digital forum I'd like to say something about the Vario system. It was good and the tone of the sampling is beautiful. However, I found the velocity response quite jumpy and there seems to be quite few velocity layers. Sometimes I could also sense a slight latency int the lower registers but this could be a regulation issue. I asked if the sound source is the same as the Bechstein Digital Grand and he said that is from the same source but the computer version is much deeper due to memory restrictions in the Vario pianos. I really liked the tone of it though so now I'm thinking if maybe I should get the digital grand software😊 A question for you who have it- how does it compare to other high end sampled library like VSLs pianos or Garritan CFX?
I also visited the JustMusic store, and whilst they have a huge selection of everything they didn't have the hybrid pianos from Yamaha or Kawai except for the NU1X. I got the chance to try the CA99 though and I really liked it, great action and sound.
Oh by the way, I also visited the Grotrian-Steinway factory😊