Take this as rant or another bogus complaint of a dying job but the Dev team has honestly not even TRIED this update or any of the last 4-5 to add BRD to new "Balanced" FFXI. If you took half the effort you spent into DRK, SAM & WAR, I swear we would have a use for BRD in this new system of events.
Above are suggestions, made over and over by "Career BRDs" people who give a damm and want to see change. There is 7 page thread, with 3 pages following the above post of comments and ways they can be implemented. The poster above already did the thinking for you. Nothing difficult about changing or adding anything from above, I mean really how hard was it for you guys to think of the carol II useless set?
Every other job is reaching their peak, as if the game was back at 75. They are useful, they are refreshed in a sort of way, they are even completely changed. You guys took 3 pages to make changes to PUP. Brought it out of a long grave, why hasn't the same come for BRD by now. It did afterall come first.
I do have Ghorn, planning on a pink Harp but BRD needs major changes and fast. In addition to all the suggest from above. The dev team can nerf/change the following:
Army Paeon I-VI - In addition to giving Regen, now should give a Adloquium-like Regain. 1/tic regain.
Knight's Minne - In addition to Defense, should give a phalanx-like effect or help in magic defense bonus.
Foe Requiem - Higher DMG per tic. Dia-like effect, lowers def. (Landing it on something worthwhile would also be a plus.)
Madrigal - Acc is capped for everyone, Changing effect to give Critical hit rate+ would be far more useful.
March - Magic Haste cap is very limiting, March should have it's own form of "Non" magic haste when natural haste cap is reached.
Pining Nocturne - Needs to stack with addle, this spell conflicts with Addle in Voidwatch, may jeopardize a proc, while waiting for it to wear.
Etude - As the WHM Boost Spells just reached 25 stats, these need to be increased in potency and turned into AoE spells.
Finale - With instruments that have +Finale effect, this songs, needs to be able to dispel multiple debuffs.
Minuet - Add Store TP or Save TP to this set of songs, as attack can reach a cap and recent WSs have attack penalties.
Prelude - Just like ACC, Range accuracy is seldom a problem now for RNGs. Adding snapshot to this set of songs would truly enhance BRD effectiveness towards range attack jobs. Currently COR is carrying the torch.
Ballad - MP is no longer an issue, due abyssea/voidwatch Temp items. Adding either Fastcast or MP while resting to this might make it more appealing (/shrug.)
The above are suggestions to songs we already have, granted some of them are more lucrative than others, these changes are vital, take from it as you need. Add to it what you want. At the end of the day, BRD needs change and fast.