Re: help with gear/ weapon/ barter decisions for my minstrel
Hi Perr - congrats on getting through Moria!
With you gear, you will end up replacing most of what you have once you get to the level cap, but you will probably make some replacements along the way. This advice is based upon the idea that your main goal is seeing all off the epic quests as opposed to becoming a beast raid healer or PvP DPS class - that can come later
Armor - your Moria armor is fine for now - feel free to swap out upgrades as you go, but I wouldnt focus on replacing it. Once you get to level 75, you can start working on the Dirge-Singers armor, which you can pick up in Galtrev for medalions (which you can get by grinding skirms solo, although its much, much easier to do with a group). Dirge-singer isn't quite as good as the Orthanc armor, but its 10x easier to get and is still very good and well balanced for both solo and grouping, with some of the best set bonuses for armor in the game.
Jewelry/Cloak/Shield - you are pretty well geared here for your level. Once you get to 75, you can try doing a few of the crafted rider pieces (you need rep with the riders of theodred faction to get the recipes). You can also buy some of the men of dunland jewerly in Galtrev once you have a high enough reputation with them. The pieces are 2-3g each, and are probably sufficient to get you through the final epic quests. You can also craft things like the fated dunlending ring and the steadfast dunlending earring - both great options you can equip at level 70 and dont need to spend any sigils on. With cloaks/shields, I'd replace them as you can, but its not a huge priority.
LI's - at this point, I would just try to have a solid lvl 65 book, with mostly healing legacies, although you may want to consider the target resist reduction for ballads if you will be mainly soloing. For your weapons, I'd try to have two. One for healing, with legacies like Healing threat and SoS pulses. This does not need to be a high level weapon, lvl 60 or higher is fine, since the damage shouldnt matter much while you are healing. Then you'll want a DPS weapon while you solo. This you'll want to upgrade every 3-4 levels, as soon as you can get a higher tactical damage rating. Key legacies will be piercing cry and call of orome damage. In terms of relics, unless you want to buy relic removal scrolls from the LotRO store for 195 TP, I'd just slot some tier 2-3 relics for now - you can worry about higher tier relics once you have legendary items you will be keeping for a long time.
Lastly, looking at your stats, I'd try to focus mainly on increasing your tactical mastery (mainly gotten through will) and morale (mainly gotten through vitality). You are probably over emphasizing fate right now, but I suspect that just the result of the Moria armor set bonus as opposed to you trying to max fate. If I had to replace one thing of yours, it'd be your pocket item. Maybe see if you can find, on AH or through a friend, an illuminated Westfold Lorebook - That would cost you 19 will, but give you can extra 325 moral or so, which will be a big help. Much of the gear you will find in Dunland is for will and fate only, and it can be hard to keep your morale up as you level to 75 - you really want to stay in the 4,500 hp range as much as possible.
Best of luck and enjoy the epics
Secret of Steel