Chris-- Sorry for not responding sooner, I'm guessing you're the anonymous commenter who asked a similar question on the blog?
Glad to hear you are a fan of the blog!
My Tellasons are retired, but I love both pairs. The tellasons are so old, however, that I don't wear them much anymore because of it. But if I were to buy a new pair, I'd consider these pretty comparable, with a slight edge to Raleigh for the unbleached weft and bronze metalwork. But factor in the price difference, and the two are on a similar level.
Alex- I soaked them for about 45 minutes in a bathtub with a capful of a standard detergent and hot water, let them sit until the tub drained itself. (it was slightly leaky) Then hanged to dry.