Butch Baldassari mandolin benefit sale

Gilchrist Model 1 mandolinMandolin Cafe is handling the sale of a Gilchrist Model 1 mandolin, recently acquired through an anonymous donor, which be sold online to raise money for Butch Baldassari’s medical fund. Butch is undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain tumor, and was hospitalized again recently after experiencing sudden swelling in his brain.

This instrument was a custom commission built by Steve Gilchrist, an A style, oval hole mandolin. Additional images can be viewed at Mandolin Cafe.

Offers will be accepted over a two week period, with the mandolin going to the highest bid over $6000. The online sale will begin in the next few days, with an exact date to be announced later this week on the Mandolin Cafe front page.

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