Yeah, I gathered that.. that nailing down the date of manufacture is a challenge.No one can be sure of the date of any Dolnet (unless it comes with the original purchase documents) because there are no charts showing the SN= Production Year. The archives were destroyed and they used the same SM for all woodwind and brass which they sold. We don’t even have any idea of the significance (or not) of the letters in the Serial, the only one are the M70 ( and Universal) which start with M70... .
So, I wonder how Kritavi was able to determine that the one he owned was made in 1950 ?
Anyway I was looking at the old Saxpics site for some other examples of this vintage .
The one I bought has a brace on the neck while the slightly later one; tho'
otherwise similar, dropped the neck brace.
Also, it appears that the bell is little more inline on mine whereas the later one
has it's bell canted slightly, forward .
In any case, I'm Hoping mine turns out to be a great player .