FRFR Alto Alternative

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    ghostred7 Banned

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    Still debating on whether or not to re-speaker my cab and stay with the HD100 --> cab or forget the HD100 and go PodHD Pro --> FRFR

    That being said....aside from Alto and the TS112/115 models...what would you recommend from other brands for FRFR? Unfortunately, where I have credit right now doesn't carry Alto

    Or should I just keep the head --> cab and re-speaker.

    I realized I've asked a similar question before, but didn't want to search/resurrect a really old thread...that and I'm actually ready to move on it this time.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    My Peavey PVX 12 is pretty awesome with my GR5 rig. At $350 it isn't going to break the bank either. I'd probably upgrade to the PVX 15 to add to the PVX 12 or go with a pair of one or the other if planning on gigging without PA support. They're plenty loud, but just don't move the air like a standard 4x12, none of the FRFR I've tried have.

    I went with the PVX 12 because it was on sale as a scratch and dent (very small scuff on the top of it) for close to 40% off and didn't seem to function any less efficiently than the Yamaha DSR112 or QSC K12 they had to compare it to.
     
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    Those are the ones I had up on the site when I posted this thread :p

    Ever have any issues with the low-end on "below-E" tunings? I know the range starts around 60hz.

    If going with only 1 for practice space/small indoor gigs...which would you recommend...the 12 or 15?
     
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    Where is your credit, and how much do you have? Its a bummer they dont carry Alto, as mine have served me very well.
     
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    Credit's @ Sweetwater. Have ~$500 (i'd have to log in to check)
     
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    Handles the low B on my 5 and 6 string basses just fine. Lacks some of the punch, but those notes can be hard to reproduce on nearly any gear.

    My 8 in F does just fine.
     
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    I would go 12" over 15". My 12" Alto was great
     
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    I got a Samson Auro D415 and it does the job pretty well at the same price as Alto's and it endles the low B and A# perfectly!!
     
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    I just found out i'm getting a small settlement from my wreck I wasn't expecting. Due to this, I should have the cash in-hand to go to GC and purchase the Alto. So I guess I'll probably be doing the TS112A since the general consensus here is to go w/ the 12" of the recommendations. If they have the Peavey or Samson on-hand, I will probably give those a try. I will be taking my Pod & Axe to test it
     
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    will_shred Wannabe audio engineer

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    take it from me... 15 is over kill. When I ran my POD though the Alto TS115a, it could pretty easily match the volume of my half stack.

    now that I have an amp again, I just use it for a vocal monitor.
     
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    Thx for the input all. I went to GC. They are remodeling so are offloading a lot of floor models. While overkill...they had the 15 for cheaper than the 12. I got the TS115W. I hope it's not a screw up. Didn't have my stuff with me. Even with compressed to shit mp3/soundcloud via Bluetooth sounded good.
     
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    I used the TS115A with my axe fx and it worked great. I definitely wouldn't call it overkill.
     
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    when i gave the 12" and 15" an A/B test i found the 15" have a more present sub-bass frequency response. it was quite rumbly with the settings the pod compared to the 12". that being said, it just requires a little more tweaking to keep the low end in check because its producing those low frequencies more than the smaller speakers.
     
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    I've owned the 12" and the 15" alto models.. although the 12 didn't have that boomy bass response issue, I still think I like the 15"s tone better for guitar.. maybe the crossovers are at a different frequency or something. Anyway... I now use the 15's as part of my PA.. they're definitely better for electronic music than the 12's... to my ears anyway.
     

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