It'd have been nice if the dungeons were there at launch, but it's fine with me as long as they come out before Feb and don't cost anything if you already bought Isengard. LOTRO has always been a slow paced game for me, so it'll probably take me a while to get to 75 anyhow.
Yeah, I read through the champ changes, I am hopeful they will be good. My bars are too crowded, to the point where sometimes I can't find the corner case stuff when I need it.
General approval heard in the Beta forums bearing in mind that Controlled Burn is less useful and CBR is completely fobar. Plenty of tweak time remains. Shield-less tanking in Glory works and Ardour more useful but still odd man out.
That bit definitely doesn't bother me, I would actually like some skill consolidation frankly.
I can't speak for other classes, but Minnie's have lost all ballads and have gotten three new ones, one for each 'stance'. Very glad to see that. Honestly, I can't think of any Minnie change that I don't like.
Do you have a link to the minstrel (and hunter?) changes?