I think everyone should have the same variations, just not necessarily for the same piece. One piece crafted (as part of a quest - you supply the materials.) Two pieces obtained as a reward for a storyline quest, as a gift from an NPC. Two pieces found in a treasure chest in a dungeon. XI's jobs ended up imbalanced, because newer jobs had gear crafted, and others just got it from quests or from treasure chests. (BLU was the worst! Crafted materials, one piece a day max, and you had to pay a frickin commission.)
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and leader of Grammarian Tea House chat LS
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.