I've kept BRD in mothballs since before the December update to work on SMN more (skill and gear were falling behind). I intend, though, to get Bard to 90 before the next update. However, I don't really know everything about the new gear I'd want or whether Surya's/Kubera's Staves +2 are worth getting. So far, I have finished the Aoidos' Rhingrave +1--mostly by chance as I was after Caller's leg seals at the time--and am 3/8 towards the Aoidos' Calot +1.
One thing I'd like to know is how the Hongreline stacks up against other body pieces (I currently use Teal Saio) and whether the Cothurnes are worth looking for if I'm not kiting (I am 3/8 by chance on those as well while farming Caller's feet seals).