Hey Tommy, I’d definitely be up for that (time differences permitting)- keep seeing clips of all these clinics on Facebook and wish I could have been there. Group lessons a great idea also, 10 bucks sounds like a bargain to me!
Good point, might not be sturdy enough for regular gigging. Also, controls are slightly awkward to get to being at the bottom of the rear of the amp if you needed to adjust mid-gig. For home use however, I reckon these little amps are a steal.
I’d recommend the new 18W Epiphone Electar Century app which is selling for just under £300 over here in the UK, so it’s right on your budget. Got mine the other day and am loving it. No onboard reverb so you’ll need a reverb pedal for that. Here’s the link to it on the Epiphone site, plus a link to a guy demoing it on YouTube better than I ever could!