The group was literally amazed to learn that I had only 8 of my 20 slots filled with Epic gear, the rest being blues. One of them inspected me to be sure. As you can see from my armory, I'm now sitting at 9/20 slots epic. They couldn't believe I tank as well as I do with such relatively poor gear. Big props to the guys on Maintankadin for helping me make Skill more important than Gear.
We went onto Maiden. I had Devona tank her and helped keep the Rogue and Bandaro up. Maiden didn't drop her Neck, but she did drop some Plate healing bracers. Brwndude already had them so I picked them up.They are very similar to my Veteran's Ornamented Bracers from PVP.