About Benning Violins

Benning Violins - formerly known as Studio City Music - is a Los Angeles-area mainstay violin shop offering an extensive catalog of fine violins, violas, cellos and bows for sale crafted by old and modern masters.

We are a family-owned and operated store since 1953 and have a long tradition of expert service and meeting the needs of musicians, from the beginner to the professional.

We perform restorations and repairs on fine instruments and bows. We offer expert appraisals of instruments as well as consignment sales.

For three generations, the Benning family name has been synonymous with the making of fine, master-crafted violins, violas and cellos. Instruments crafted by Eric Benning are owned and played by a number of premier players, concert performers and recording artists.

Since the launch of our web site, we have grown into an International enterprise, shipping fine instruments and bows, accessories, as well as lesser-cost student outfits set up in our workshop, all over the world.

(818) 762-1374
Los Angeles, California, USA
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What We Provide

Benning Violins online store offers a wide range of instruments from a number of different countries - from lesser-cost student outfits to those for intermediate and advanced players. All violins, violas and cellos are hand-crafted by reputable and esteemed makers and are set up in our own storied workshop to our exacting specifications for optimal playability and tone. Can't find what you're looking for? Need expert advice? Please contact us.

100% Satisfaction

We accept returns for up to 30 days from purchase date if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase.

Free Shipping

We ensure that your order is expertly packed and quickly and safely delivered to you - Free of charge.

Expert Instrument Setup

All new instruments are set up in our workshop to our exacting specifications for optimal playability and tone.

Low Prices

We always strive to provide top quality instruments and accessories at the lowest and most affordable prices.

Stellar Customer Service

Over 65 years as a family-owned business, we have mastered the art of friendly and personal customer service.

Hand Crafted Instruments

All violins, violas and cellos are hand-crafted by reputable and esteemed stringed instrument makers.

Resources for Players

One cannot understate the importance of performing due diligence in choosing your child's violin teacher.

If your child has expressed an interest in playing the violin (or the viola or the cello), odds are good that their school provides basic music courses, such as beginning orchestra, where a student can learn the basics of a string instrument. But typically, class instruction is rarely enough to allow a student to progress as rapidly as if he or she studies the instrument privately. This is true, even if the ratio between hours spent with a private teacher and hours spent in a group class is five to one. So it is always wise to supplement any classes with private instruction if you wish your child to progress more rapidly.

If the school your child attends does not provide music classes, then you’re going to find yourself searching for a private teacher, too, and the key here is to perform your due diligence. That means, you put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and start investigating and gathering information, because who you choose to teach music to your children will be one of the most important decisions you make.

If your child is fortunate enough to have a school music program, then your job got a little easier. Chances are good that there are other students who are already taking private violin lessons. You’ll find, not unexpectedly, that these students are probably the top performers in the class. Talk to their parents and get their insights and opinions about their child’s teacher. It’s a good sign if all the players are studying from the same teacher. Speaking to parents of players who are studying privately is the best way to get accurate and important information about teachers.

Another method of investigation is traveling to your local music store. A violin shop that makes and sells violins, violas and cellos would be a better bet than a store that sells electric guitars and trumpets. Oftentimes, the local violin shop will have great insight into the local violin teacher scene. Most likely, the teachers and their students are regulars at such shops. (While you’re there at the shop, take the time to inquire about the cost and availability of student violins for sale as well as violin accessories in the event you may want to further invest in your child’s budding musicianship.)

Lastly, you can perform an online search. There exist many online lists and music teacher websites where you can glean information. Be sure to check Yelp! reviews of teachers. Yelp! has become an important tool in learning about those who provide products and services and violin teachers are no different.

Once you’ve developed a good, tight, small list of teachers who have outstanding reputations, give them a call. Speak to them about their experience teaching and their approach. Ask to speak to parents of two or three of their students and request to attend a recital of the teacher’s students. When asking about their credentials, remember that great violin players are not always great violin teachers. A college student may actually be a better teacher than a teacher who graduated from Juilliard and concertizes. Before you call and speak to the teacher, write down a list of questions to ask, to cover all your bases and take notes.

It’s always wise to attend your child’s lessons on an ongoing basis, to keep your finger on the pulse of the lessons and to stay involved in your child’s musical education.

What Our Customers Say

  • Benning Violins provided a level of patient support you wouldn’t expect to find at an online violin shop.
    They walked me through the process of choosing a student instrument and the correct accessories.
    Their great caring was evident.
  • We purchased a Jay Haide violin for our son from Benning Violins online store. My son’s teacher was
    amazed at the sound and playability of the violin. He told us, ‘Whoever set up this violin knew
    how to make it sing.’ For the price, their service made it a steal.
  • We bought a Snow viola. Benning Violins rushed it in time for Christmas. When it arrived, it sounded
    better than we expected, polished to a perfect shine. It’s really good to know that a company will
    deliver what it promises. We felt well taken care of.

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