Hi Tim,There are so many factors to consider and a lot depends on personal taste as well. Mcspadden and Folkcraft both make fine dulcimers. I don't know much about June Apple. Some things to consider are VSL, Mcspadden has a longer VSL than a Folkcraft which is something to consider. If you have short fingers a shorter VSL is easier to play because your fingers don't have to stretch quite as much . Action is another consideration. When you press the strings to play it should be comfortable. You shouldn't have to press too hard causing strain on your fingers. Looks are another. Some folks are drawn to certain features of a dulcimer such as shape, wood types, length, sound hole patterns and most importantly sound etc. that's why most of us have more than one!....I would do some reading on FOTMD and you'll find a lot of different opinions and helpful comments. If you are able to play the instruments before purchasing I think it would help you with your decision to hear them and get a feel as to how comfortable you feel with each. But you really can't go wrong with either a Folkcraft or Mcspadden. Again, I don't know anything about June Apple. Just my 2 cents....good luck with your search... Your about to start a fun journey!
updated by @lynn-austin: 02/14/16 12:55:02AM