This bass was being offered by Seattle dealer Bass Northwest in 2013 for $2,499. Was formerly owned by Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick and comes with a signed certificate from the artist. Very cool provenance!
After holding the bass for about two years, the new buyer brings it back on the market in April 2015 with a minimum bid of $2,500, and it ultimately goes for $3,161. Other than the typical wear to the pickup the bass seems very intact and original. This is the early version of the bass before Ampeg added the mystery switch to the electronics package, which was not part of Dan Armstrong's original design. Here's the listing description...
"Original Dan Armstrong Ampeg clear lucite bass owned and played by Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick. This bass was purchased from Bass Northwest in Seattle through Kebo's bass works in NJ. Tom Petersson rarely sells any of his instruments which makes this all the more special. Comes with the original signed note as seen. The bass itself shows some wear but it has been professionally cleaned and set up with new strings and plays great. It has a huge tonal spectrum. The hard case it came in is included but I don't believe is an original. I am a huge Tom Petersson fan and hate to let this one of a kind bass go. Own a piece of Rock & Roll history. Please contact me with any questions before bidding. Pay Pal only. There are no returns. Shipping cost is to continental US only. All other must contact me first for a quote to their location. Thanks for looking!
Back on the market in December 2016 with a starting bid price of $2,499 on Ebay. Sold for $2,295 on January 5, 2017.
"Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick personally owned and played 1969 Ampeg Dan Armstrong clear lucite bass! Great condition for its age. I bought this for my personal guitar collection on EBay a year and a half ago. This bass was originally sold to a collector from Bass Northwest. It has been on display in my smoke free home. Beautiful guitar and especially cool for Petersson or Cheap Trick fans! This bass comes with a hardcase and signed Letter Of Authenticity from Tom Petersson."