I read on the Carl Thompson site that a Sam Ash store had a fretless Carl Thompson 4, circa '78, that the manager sold for $750, because it looked weird and he didn't know what it was. I told this story to a friend of mine, who said that he knew one of the guys that worked in that store. He said that the manager went to his boss, and bragged about unloading that "ugly bass", and made a pretty good profit. That's when "it" hit the fan. He said that they called the guy who'd bought it, and offered him $1500 for the bass. He said that the guy didn't say yes or no, he just laughed really loud and hung up the phone. I love it when that happens.