Ewing vs Gardener
Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions
Yes, all potato chips have differences! There are lots of small chip makers across the country who have their devotees. :) However, what might be, say, too greasy to one isn't too greasy to another's taste.
The only way to compare tones between two/among several dulcimers is to hear them. Though I play with a noter all the time, all my instruments were not made specifically for noter play-- some were just built for unknown players who wound up owning them.