hi. im looking to get something in the $300 range that i can use for small to med sized gigs. any suggestions? im a newb when it comes to amps.
i think in the price range you may look to Hughes and kettner. they are quit good for the
money. they are mainly digital. although you can't hear it. i have a matrix 100 and at the warp channel you can't hear its digital! but if you look at the tube-monsters of H&K, you know they rock!

(yes they can handle the volume! )
You could get a used Palomino V16 for around that price, I think. It would be loud enough to handle gigs with a quietish band.