I can't gig any more, but I would hate to rely on a venue's PA to get my guitar sound. Even if you had played in a venue before, and you were happy with the sound you got last time, what happens if you play there again, and they've changed the PA, and it's rubbish. You're stuffed! And, that's the main problem when playing through a PA, you don't know what you're going to get - there are PAs, and there are PAs! In other words, some are good, some are indifferent, and some just down right bad, and I've heard some awful PAs in my time. It's like hearing someone or something playing inside a cardboard box! Then, you've might have the other problem of someone you don't know working the PA, and tweaking your sound mid-set! Most guitarist are control freaks when it comes to 'their' sound, but, who can blame them. It's fine if it's a PA you are happy with, like your bands PA. But, you could have the scenario where you turn up for a gig, and find out the PA's been changed for some reason, and no one bother to tell you!
The question I would like answering is, do the KEMPER Kone speaker imprints work through a PA? I would presume they would work, but I'm not sure? The KEMPER Kone only has a frequency range of 50 - 10,000 Hz, a PA has a far wider frequency range, but the KEMPER Kone been modelled to mimic classic guitar speakers, and to give that good old, "amp in the room" feeling. I don't have access to a PA, so it would be interesting to compare the two.
Anyway, my cabs have never sounded so good. I'm really please with the KEMPER Kone, and the way you have the ability to dial in all those classic speaker sounds.
All I've got to do now is change the Line 6 Logo to say, KEMPER Kone!
You do have a point.... which is why I always bring my own PA to any venue that I am not absolutely sure has a good setup (even if they have their own). BTW, this does irritate some bar owners since they generally feel like they have a "great" system that they have personally setup. No one likes to hear that they suck with their PA abilities .... especially if they have dumped a bunch of money into it.
If you show up to a venue where the PA is crap, you are doomed to sound horrible anyway. Only guitar players actually listen to how the tone of a guitar player sounds. The reset of the audience is listening to the vocals and feeling the kick and bass. If the kick, bass and vocals sound bad, a great guitar tone pealing through the crowd isn't going to save the night IMO.
It is my understanding from others that have posted, that the speaker emulations in the KPA sound awful through PA full range speakers. You really need the Kone or the Kabinet for this to sound good.