It isn't that "one is better then the other" While the MT. Dulcimer has it's unique sound and playing style, The Dulcuborn plays the same way, but offers the ability to play alongside other acoustic instruments with better volume, warmer tone and more sustain than a traditional shaped Mt. Dulcimer. Due to it's construction, the Mt. Dulcimer lacks the volume and sustain and is unable to contribute to a "group" setting, unless amplified.