I grabbed an Alto TS312 with some of the proceeds from my pedal/amp sell off. Thought it would be nice to 1) have something for the occasional desire to play loud and 2) it would be a good solution for gigs that had substandard FOH equipment or personnel.
In some ways I’m regretting the purchase. It’s definitely loud, but it doesn’t really resemble the PA I usually play through or my studio monitors (which sound surprisingly close to each other).
I have it sitting vertically on the floor and it’s just really muffled sounding. I like a pretty crisp sound and feel like I’d need to completely rebuild all my presets to make it useable. Sort of a bummer.
Get a SHORT (mini) speaker stand. Hits you about chest level. If you have room on the floor for the speaker, you have room for a stand. A guitar amp stand is not as good, as you (usually) need to lay the speaker sideways, which messes with the hi-freq dispersion pattern, and if your amp stand is like mine, it takes up more room on the floor than the speaker stand. Also, be aware of the two ranges on the TS312 volume knobs. If you use Line level out on the Stomp, you use the lower half of the range. For mic level, use the upper half. Try both, you may like the sound of one over the other. Lastly, no two PA style speaker cabs will sound the same. Whatever you use will only ever be a ballpark approximation of whatever PA speakers you encounter on a gig. And then there's the FOH sound guy............Yea I read that was an option. Not super convenient as far as home-playing goes, but I’m sure I could find a way to make it happen on a stage. I do have an amp stand I could use I suppose.