The debate that never ends.... If you’re recording or never going to play anywhere other than by yourself in your bedroom/garage/man cave, then no....you don’t need a big, fancy, super expensive tube amp. You probably don’t even need an amp at all. Digital interfaces exist that are more than adequate...many of them even sound pretty damn good. If you’re ever going to get out in front of people with bass, drums, keys, and vocals and really move some air, you need the raw power and presence of a tube amp. One of these little 15 watt buzz boxes could never cut it in that situation, I don’t care how well it’s mic’d. Who really does this anyway? Sticks a 200 dollar microphone in front of an 80 dollar amp?