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I own four Dolnet saxes: A Bel-Air alto and tenor and M70 alto and tenor saxes. I was under the impression that Dolnet stopped making soprano saxes altogether, because I never saw soprano serial numbers near the M70 number range. My M70 alto is 83XXX, while my M70 tenor is 88XXX. While browsing that well-known auction site, I saw a sax what looks to be a Bel-Air soprano in the serial number range of 88XXX.

This indicates that Dolnet paralleled Selmer in the 1970's in that they changed their alto and tenor models, while still producing the soprano sax of the previous generation. Was this done to the bari saxes as well?

Your thoughts on this, Dolnet Community. Incidentally, Buffet did the same thing around 1975-76, however, I believe they changed all of their models (SATB) from the Super Dynaction to the S1.

http://https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Dolnet-French-Soprano-Saxophone-88231-from-the-60s-or-70s/263611882031?hash=item3d607e1a2f:g:2TwAAOSwOd9a1LbU
 

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May i ask you why do you say this soprano is a bel-air? Because of the pinky table only?
The key work of the entire soprano sax is consistent with the Bel-Air. There is no M70 in front of the serial number, which is present on the two M70's I own, as well as other M70's that I've seen. The right and left hand palm keys on M70 saxes are the rounded/ovular type seen on most other modern saxes as opposed to the stylized beveled palm keys seen on Bel-Airs.
 

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There is not many info online about dolnet as you know but i have been looking for dolnets for a long time now and imo you can't have a damn fact about dolnet on the last 5~10 production years (where this one clearly stands).

I have seen a little bit of everything on these years such as:

- M70 Body tube with Belair (or universal) key work. I say M70 because there was m70 engraved neer the serial number. Still, no mother pearls on key guards, no modern rounded pinky table and no "universal" on the bell.
- Universal (engraved on the bell) with m70 engraved neer the serial number and with motherpearls on keyguards and modern pinky table
- Nothing engraved (m70 or universal) with every aspect of m70 (rounded pinky table, motherpearl on keyguards, f# key, etc..)
- Nothing engraved (m70 or universal) with every aspect of belair (old pinky table, motherpearl on keyguards, no f# key, etc..)
- A royal jazz alto (engraved royal jazz) with modern round pinky table;
- A royal jazz alto (engraved royal jazz) without microtunner on the neck, no f# and no extra keys...
- Every aspect of the royal jazz but no royal jazz engraved...
- And some more...

Note that i am only talking about late SN (after 70xxx or 75xxx). Not to mention some weird stencils clearly not made by dolnet...

This has been said here before but on the later years, dolnet seemed to mess a lot on their models. With a good search you can find some nice frankenstein dolnets out there. I mean always on the late ones.

A big difference i see on your one and this bel air over here is the Low Eb/C keys...

https://img7.leboncoin.fr/ad-large/3622b4c60edff9393e19584c91573fbd7a9da452.jpg

Just a few SN earlier from yours, these one was made with a totally different (and better) engraving and with the same Low Eb/C keys from the earlier bel air ones...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sassofono-...327476?hash=item33e7628c74:g:tMgAAOSwaEhZJz6K

But again... i am not saying it is not a bel air. Just saying imo the guy who made that one didn't care that much if it was a bel air or not! Its a good example of a frankenstein dolnet with the m70 Low Eb/C key and engraving and a old style bel air pinky table...

What i always, no matter how weird the horn is, think is they are truly great underrated saxes!
 

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