There are a lot of opinions about whether taking a course makes any sense. I haven't, however, heard anyone say that UBI was other than excellent. They have a great reputation from what I have heard. Given that the fee is about the same a the cost of a top quality frame, it would seem to be a relative deal. The contrary position is you could outfit a lot of a shop for what it costs to go including all costs. But that sorta assumes a person wants a shop, and might have to budget their money which isn't true for everyone.
Over the years I have self-taught myself many crafts, and taught a few courses to others. One thing I have noticed is that even the best seminar without a lot of follow-up practice, does not prepare a person for the actual task. Many people will do the project in the class but still lack the confidence to produce when they get home. The same applies to taking the skills to a job interview. What courses are almost always successful at is putting you in a place where you have an experience with other enthusiastic people. To really place the skills into your bady will take a longer process for most people. If a person really wants to learn they need to be able to follow up when they get home, or to already have the key skill in their pocket (brazing in this case).
Last edited by NoReg; 09-07-08 at 12:47 PM.