I've heard all sorts of good things about minstrels and I really like them on paper. I like the stats they focus on (will/vitality/fate). I like the combo of light armor with a shield, and since I planned on playing a dwarf my racial block bonus isn't -completely- useless (unlike on my dwarf hunter). I like the ranged tactical instant-cast damage (unlike my hunter's inductions). I'm not really interested in healing but I planned on this mainly being a solo character anyway, and war speech sounds like a pretty cool stance. I like the ability to self heal.
There's only one thing I don't like: the music. I created my character, entered the game, killed my first enemy with minor ballad, and logged back out. I just felt ridiculous damaging enemies by strum-strumming on my lute. I know this is dumb because "durrr it's a minstrel what did you think" but I just don't like the attack animations/sounds, even though I like everything else (such as play style).
Has anyone else felt this way but managed to get past it and enjoy the character? I kinda feel like maybe I should play a runekeeper instead as my light armor dwarf but 1) they're squishier, which is one thing I liked about the minstrel and 2) I don't have access to the runekeeper yet and I'd rather not spend TP on a class that I may not even like.