Where to get your hands on a John Dalley bow?

November 20, 2020, 1:16 PM · For almost purely amateur-curiosity-novelty purposes, after reading the Arnold Steinhardt blog, I've decided that I want to get my hands on a Dalley bow to try playing.

The thing is, even the people who work in big dealer shops in the Midwest seem to very rarely see one circulating in the wild for sale, and seem to have pretty "meh" opinions on the playability vs the time/effort/profit motive to try to track one down.

Somebody who works at Shar says he actually has a little workshop in Michigan somewhere and actively makes bows as an amateur pursuit, but I can't seem to find any resources online that would tell someone how to get in touch with him or arrange a loan.

Is there anyone on here, dealer, collector, or otherwise, who is aware of how I can make this happen?

Replies (4)

November 20, 2020, 6:31 PM · It looks like Shar might have a couple
November 21, 2020, 10:37 AM · They are no longer available at Shar, and Shar hasn't actively carried them for quite some time.
November 21, 2020, 9:12 PM · Maybe you can find a way to contact Mr. Dalley himself? Or maybe Mr. Steinhardt could help to put you in touch with him?
November 22, 2020, 7:45 PM · He is 83 years old, I don't think he's doing much. He was diagnosed with cancer some years ago. I doubt you'll be able to easily to track a bow down. While the bows might play well, the level of finish is not up to the standard of what most shops will carry for a modern American bow maker. I'm interested in seeing what you might find.


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