I am a BST main, but I play BRD for basically anything that isn't soloing. It's been awhile since I really used BRD for more than the occasional "help a friend out" or a Merit Party here and there. But I'd like to get back into my job a bit more, I just feel like I am lacking a bit in my knowledge of BRD since it's been so long since I really got a chance to use it.
Here is my gear (I believe this is accurate, its maint and I can't log on to check items):
Sub: Bugard Leather Strap +1
Range: All appropriate +1 Instruments for all songs, Mary's, etc
Head: Bard's Roundlet
Neck: Wind Torque
Ear: Melody Earring+1 x2
Ring: Nerid Ring x2/Angel Ring x2
Back: Jesters +1
Feet: Volunteers Nails
BRD was my first 75, but I was never really a macro whore back then, however I am now. It wasn't until after I stopped really playing BRD that I discovered the simplicity and wonder that is macro's via Windower. So needless to say I was limited in my gear swaps.
My questions are as follows:
When do I swap in +CHR/+Wind gear like my rings or body? I thought +Wind was best for both buffs and debuffs, but now I am finding out that is not always the case. So is there a good mix or a cap I should be hitting with either +skill or +CHR before swapping in something else? And am I using Chanters for all buffs and no debuffs?
Are there any immediate upgrades that I can make? A bit of this gear is from my 75BST main's Charm gear set, and I know I'm probably lacking in some areas. (NOTE: Something like a Shair Manteel is a bit out of my price range). Doesn't have to be an AH upgrade, but something doable that doesn't require a huge investment into endgame right now would be nice.
Staff grips, do I use the elemental ones or stick with my Bugards?
I'm not rusty in terms of playing my BRD, I just want to refine some of my macros and gear so that I can be better than I am now.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!