I have really reluctant to reply to this thread in too much detail, as what my "considerations" say about me are frankly embarrassing!
After all, who am I to declare one fragrance-maker a 'tinkerer' or another a 'master'?
(I, myself, am a woefully-inept, true"tinkerer" [and waster of money], whose perfume-making fantasies have led to numerous witless, 'hippie'-fair concoctions and more noxious throwaways.)
However, I will confess, as a connoisseur, to being somewhat prejudiced in the matter of "the nose".
I do believe that I prefer generally -- as well as discern more nuance and symphonic use of harmonious accords and notes in -- the perfumes I have smelled, which are either "old school" or nosed by more "classically-trained" noses, both mainstream and niche...new and old.
I have even noticed I am far more impressed by the newer-- and totally forward-looking -- niche 'stylings' of a few new generation perfumers who happen to be the children of some of the ueber great perfumers of the past. I admit I attribute their prowess to their presumed more-classical underpinnings, which I romantically imagine their "super" parents methodically imparted over the course of their lifetimes.
However....I also happen to be a fan of the more complex, old-fashioned styles of fragrances. And I therefore need to acknowledge another prejudice in action, which is my lack of sympathy for more linear fragrances, and that it might taint my opinions of newer, simpler fragrances' noses' "merit", too. Hope that made sense....
Furthermore -- and this might surprise you --with regard to schooling and training and smaller "houses", I actually do hold out sincere hope for the break-out success of oddball, 'underdog' perfumers; I iconoclastically uphold the ideal that natural olfactive "talent" combined with totally novel types of "explorations" might arrive at something truly new and wonderful, unfettered by the confines of tradition. And I therefore, still find myself excited to try out more obscure offerings, often just to get into this other person's "nose", which was apparently passionate and driven enough to make their scents "happen" and get them "out there"!
Finally, in my more risky sampling adventures, I have been, more frequently than not, disappointed, though. And, as I am rarely either really peeved by or 'in the dark' about the fragrances produced by the more 'trained' noses, I actually feel I have arrived at my predilection and evaluative preference for the works of more "schooled" perfumers, via honest and open-minded fair trial.
In the end, though, I must liken perfumery to any other art form. And just as I must with my personal preference for super-trained, Dutch School realism as opposed folk art (for example), I remind myself to consider the impetus and "heart" of all modes of the expression of the creative experience. And I have to ultimately regard my own preferences only as such... my own.