But if you HAVE to put two arrangers side to side before the differences become apparent, well, IMO that just means that yes, the differences ARE pretty subtle.
Well, you really HAVE to put two arrangers side by side
to compare them...trying to discern any differences on web demos alone, or trying to remember what one sounded like days or months after the initial playing, seems a tad inaccurate, to be kind.
Although the differences may seem subtle to you (Fran noticed a big difference), until you actually play
them side by side, you are...well, you know.