The Blockheads is offering his pre-CBS 1962 Fender Jazz Bass for sale on eBay, with a Buy It Now price of £9,995. The bass, with original shoreline gold finish, has been Norman's main stage and recording bass since the mid 1980s.
I have personally seen and heard Norman play this very bass with The Blockheads on at least three different occasions and can verify that - in the right hands - it sounds fantastic. See and hear for yourself on the following YouTube clip of the late lamented Ian Dury with the Blockheads, playing their 1978 No.1 hit single, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (and they don't make No.1 hit singles like that any more):
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