Monroe’s mandolin

Bill Monroe's MandolinToday’s Tennessean newspaper has reported that the Country Music Foundation (CMF), on behalf of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, has reach an agreement with Robert Waldschmidt, the Trustee for the Robert W. McLean Bankruptcy Estate.

This agreement, if ratified by the Bankruptcy Court, will mean that Bill Monroe’s 1923 F5 mandolin will continue to be displayed at the
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The settlement, whereby the CMF will pay the Trustee $750,000, safeguards the exhibition of several instruments that were given to the organization by philanthropist, but alleged fraudster, Robert W. McLean, Monroe’s mandolin included.

Further details regarding the deal can be found at The Tennessean website.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.