Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?
Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions
Please keep in mind that, just because an instrument has a diatonic fretboard, it does not automatically become a dulcimer. The dulciborn is really an instrument called a Weissenborn to which a diatonic fretboard has been added and two strings removed. The Weissenborn and dulciborn are very solidly in the guitar family. The main difference is that, being in the zither family, the dulcimer has its strings all the way across the soundbox. A Weissenborn/Dulciborn, being in the guitar family, has the string attached to the soundboard and does not stretch across the entire soundbox.
Musicians who can play the dulcimer will find the transition to a dulciborn easier. However, as with those who play the Gallier "dulcimer" (actually a three course lap guitar), you will find that your instrument sounds like a guitar, even when playing dulcimer songs.
As most of our ear are very used to hearing a guitar, this instrument may sound more familiar to your ears. Instrument sound is a choice a musician makes. If you like the sound, play it.