Just my $.02 worth Doc,
Craig, John, Larry, Omid...and so many other super talented, genuinely helpful folks are all right here with their recipies, techniques, and as I said...a helping hand. If it was me, I'd take the 3 grand for private lessons and put me a decent little WFO out back and get busy. If you can afford the luxury of schooling and an oven to get things rolling than that is your call and definetly would be an awesome experience. I looked at Roberto's site and I think his price for personal training is an incredible bargain.