When you're playing on stage, how you use your amplifier is up to you. It can be pumping sound toward the audience, or you could plug in to a bigger sound system while turning the amp into a monitor. Either way, you'll probably want to get it pointed in the right direction to get the best results. For that, you can't go wrong with a good-quality amp stand. These accessories are just the thing to put your combo amplifier or speaker cabinet exactly where you want it.
That freestyle positioning is easily the biggest benefit to using an amp stand. You can choose, for example, to have your amp sitting close to the stage with some tilt by putting it on a low stand like the Musician's Gear Folding Tiltback Amp Stand. Or, if you want it up higher, try something such as the ProLine PL7000 Adjustable Amp Stand. These upright models give you a great range of adjustability, so it's a cinch to get your speaker aimed just right.
The other great thing about amp stands is that they physically separate your cabinet from the surface it's sitting on. You're probably all too familiar with the sound of an amplifier vibrating around on a hardwood stage. With a stand to isolate it from that rigid surface, you won't have to worry about that vibration transfer and your sound will be cleaner for it. The Ampwedge Polyurethane Amplifier Isolation Floor Wedge is a great example of a stand purpose-built to make sure your amp and the floor each keep to themselves.
As a musician, your amplifiers and speaker cabinets are some of the most important pieces of gear you own. In light of that, making sure they perform their best is a no-brainer. Amp stands are a great way to optimize the direction of your sound and get rid of unwanted vibrations, which makes them definitely worth adding to your gigging essentials.