Just received my new, little practice amp - a Line 6 AMPLIFi 30. I was debating going for the Yamaha THR-10, but the features of this one won me over. A 30 watt amp with features galore, including jam tracks and presets that can be downloaded from the Internet. It's configurable (with multiple amp types, cabinet types, modulation, reverb, etc.) through a smartphone / tablet app connected via Bluetooth. @trapdoor2, it runs a little over your budget ($250) but it also includes CUBase recording software and a forum full of folks who can add a lot of value. I like it for its size (just larger than a lunchbox). It won't be a gig amp, but in my practice area, it's got a ton of sound!