Born April 1st, 1913 in Bayport Texas, Leo Raley was possibly the first professional musician to record with an electric mandolin. He played with Cliff Brunner and Floyd Tillman and is right in the historical run up for the beginning of Texas Swing. His Mandolins and memorabilia are fascinating. I'm offering his personal collection for sale as well as a hardbound book of memorabilia. 1965 Gibson Model A5 (orange label serial #65041) 1947-48 Martin Model 2-15 Mandolin (serial # 18333), 1965 Fender Black Face deluxe Amp (serial # AB763 Production #2 Stamp-OF) As well as the original Mandolin pickup made by Ted Daffan in the time frame of 1935-1936 (See the Instruments and Photos section for more information). The family would like the collection to go to one buyer and are not interested in splitting it up.
1948 2-15 by the serial number but there's a photo of Leo playing this one and it's labeled 1947. Serial #
is 18333 - Stamped on wood of back (inside)... no label. Original HSC. The small wood appliques
don't seem to be covering any damage... There is a piece of putty that held on a later pickup...
I haven't tried to remove it. For more close up pics click here: martin_close ups
Beautiful back for a plain jane Martin Mandolin.... Tuners are in remarkable condition for a Mandolin 64 years young!
Theyb might have been replaced. F-holes and a beautiful neck and back.
1965 Gibson A4 pretty and bright! That's the original pickup from the 1930's. There's a small sticker with
Leo's initials on the pickup. That's the original pickup built by Ted Daffan. For more pics: gibson_close ups
Forty Seven years old and still pretty! Original rectangular case with Gibson Medallion on outside of case.
Price tag is still taped to the bottom of the amp on the inside. Serial # AB763 Production #2, Stamp is "OF". Seam on
cover is torn... cover is mostly intact with Leo's name scotch taped to the top! For more pics: fender_close ups
All Photos ©2017 Gary Raley