It was interesting that the OP was not willing to put up with a crappy rdm, but willing to deal with a WAR tank at 59ish. Personally War tank can work if the kills are very quick, but parties at that lvl where you can pull out the speed kills you need to make it effective are far and few between. I would actually like to commmend the 1st RDM for staying as long as he/she did to at least see if it would work out, because tbh even if I was in that party as a thf I wouldnt have been around long enough to find out. ^^;
Well I don't have all my characters listed in my sig, I have a ton of jobs at tons of levels, and I just got back from a rather long break, to me the exp flow don't matter that much, i was there to play, 5k an hour isn't bad exp, it's not great, but it isn't bad.
When I started the game, 5k an hour was "omg that's high!" and I dreamt of reaching those uber party levels that made the fabled 8-10k an hour.
In today's game you can go days between each nin or pld you see lfg, so right now, nin and pld are just as much in demand as a BRD is.
And you know what? I'd like more to put up with 5k an hour with a WAR tank, than wait 1 week between each time I exp.
But, as an RDM75 myself, I -love- my sword, and my dagger, but I wont ever pull either out in an EXP pt, unless one or more of the following criteria is met.
1) I'm the tank as RDM
2) It's an LS/Friend party where we're all just goofing around and I therefore dress up in melee
3) the mob is sleep resistant, gravity resistant, bind resistant, and I happen to have my melee gear on me and everyone else is dead.
neither of those are met especially often.
On yet another note, dark staff is 10-13k in midgard.
I think Light staff is roughly the same, i'm at work so I can't check right now, but I just sold one of my dark staff's for 11k myself.