I started out with a Savannah, the words "you get what you pay for" come to mind. It didn't last long. Next I tried an Epiphone, not much better. The problem is these 2 mandolins are not solid wood. Back and sides are laminated. Next I tried Morgan Monroe, solid wood yes, but still not the sound I wanted. Kentucky came next. Solid wood yes, radius neck, the best of the pack rim for the money. However I now have a Summit F style custom Made By Master Luthier Paul Schneider of Hartsville, Tennessee. I would have saved a lot of money if I had purchased the Summit in the first place. All the other mandolins I have owned lost considerable value when I sold them. Although I'm not selling the Summit, I know it is a good investment and if I were to sell I'd get my investment back. The Summit has the best sound quality. Rivaling the very best. You know the one I'm referring to, starts with the letter G.
Summit F200S Custom. My custom F200S with bound F-Holes is as fine a mandolin as you could get. It's appearance is quite stunning and the sound on day one when I received it is open and full. The most impressive thing about the whole mandolin is how perfect every aspect is. The attention to detail is as good as it gets. Not a mark in sight and every join 100% clean. Neck 100% straight. This mandolin honestly is just the business. I just wish Paul built guitars as well as I am so impressed with his work.
So many thanks,
Jimmy Powells Northumberland England
On Jan 26, 2007 D. Schimming wrote:
"I was looking for a quality American made mandolin for a reasonable price; the F100S I bought meets that criteria. The workmanship, wood grain, volume and tone are exceptional. This should be the last mandolin I will ever need."
"My Summit is wonderful mandolin. I love the way it plays with a full rich sound. One thing I like a about it is the fact that it is so responsive. It is great for hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides. It also has good volume. I love the way it looks, the workmanship is excellent. It was made with a great deal of attention to detail. When I think about this mandolin and why I would never sell it, I think it is because I just really like this mandolin. Some instruments you connect with. I connected with this one."
Michael Jones A200, Serial Number 0012, dated Sep. 18, 1992
On June 29, 1999 S. Shank wrote:
I bought my Summit F100S Custom (#119) in July of 1997 (essentially) sight-unseen (I heard it played over the phone for about a minute). It was supposed to have been (at that time) one of the last two F's made, as Paul was off to run Gibson's mandolin world.
Its tone is so large and beautiful - it's a lot more instrument than I'm likely to ever fully exploit. Its workmanship is absolutely flawless. This mandolin has been an utter joy to possess. I wouldn't give it up for anything. It is everything I could have wanted and more."
Scott R. Shank The Bluegrass Orphans firstname.lastname@example.org F100S Custom, Serial Number 119, dated July 1997
On April 26, 2001 S. Buckalew wrote:
"With all this talk about mandolin brands, I thought I'd put in a plug for Summit mandolins made by the luthier Paul Schneider. I don't hear them talked about much here on the list, but when I went to Mandolin Brothers last month to look for a new mandolin, the two Summits they had really stood out compared to all their other mandolins.
I spent all day there and played every mandolin they had in the place. The Phoenixes, Webers, and Rigels were all nice and sounded great, better than the expensive Gibsons I thought, but none of them held a candle to the two Summits (they had both an A and F model).
I ended up getting a Summit F-100 and it is one fine sounding instrument. Loud, with a great, sweet ring, and a nice full sounding "chunk" too. Very easy to play. The more I play it the better it sounds.
Anyway...anyone looking to buy a new mandolin in the 2000-3000 dollar range should definitely give these a listen. "
"I first sampled a Summit A-100S and F-100S for The Podium music store in Minneapolis. I liked enough to bring them into the store, but was content with my Weber Yellowstone I had played for several years. After a couple months of hanging in the store, I was amazed at how well these Summits had improved. They had opened up immensely, both in tone and reasponse. I traded in my Weber for a Summit F-100. Since, I have been growing more fond of it. It is my main performance instrument, and I have even perfered it as a recording instrument over my vintage Gibson F-4. It's tone and playability is comparable to the finest mandolins I have played, at a very reasonable price. I believe this mandolin will serve me well for years, with all my eclectic musical ventures."