Well, I'm thinking of chucking my Precision in favor of an MTD, one of the two listed in the title of my post. Both are supposed to be awesome basses, but they are different. The Beast is apparently discontinued in favor of the Kingston, but I talked to Mike Tobias, and he still has some Beasts that just came in. Last shipment, I think. Both are passive. The Beast has two Bartolini single coil J pickups with exposed poles, the Kingston has a MM-type humbucker. The Beast is poplar-bodied, the Kingston is basswood. The Beast has a wenge fingerboard, the Kingston is available with maple or rosewood. Both get good reviews. Both are available for not much money. If you have one or the other, or have played them, I'd sure appreciate your reactions. Here in San Diego, it seems like it isn't going to be possible to A/B them.