i have just started looking around for my first bass, and have turned up the closeout deal on the mtd beast ($450). while i love a deal as much as anybody, i don't want to grab the beast just because it is a deal -- i want to pick the right instrument. i'm planning on playing classic rock (zeppelin, stones, cream, etc). no funk, new wave, etc. i've got a little experience on 6 string guitar, and realize that it's kind of tough to make a pick 'til you have some experience. before the beast came along my short list included a fender p (either mia or mim), and the carvin lb70, but i'm open to suggestions. $450 is a nice price but i could afford to go higher. sure would appreciate some feedback. thanks!