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

Electronic tuners are handy, dandy accessories that are affordable and help music students keep their instruments in tune.

For the beginning violin student, there are two basic challenges to playing music well: playing in time and playing in tune. Obviously, in order to play in tune, the violin student – as well as those students who study the viola and cello – must make sure that their instrument is in tune as far as their open strings. This is a must before a single finger lands on the violin fingerboard. If the open strings are not in tune, neither will any other notes be in tune.

Over time, violin students, and even their parents or an older sibling, can get very good at tuning a violin “by ear”, but even intermediate and advanced players aren’t usually able to accomplish that task easily. A tuning fork can help get the A string in tune, and pitch pipes may be slightly helpful, but no violin accessory helps tune an instrument as well as a digital tuner. One can find electronic tuners for sale at the local violin shop as well as online.

Tuners have become very important violin accessories for that reason. Tuners come in all types, shapes and sizes. Some tuners are compact enough to fit into an instrument case so that the student always has access to it. Other larger tuners sit on counters and still others can clip on to a music stand in a student practice room.

Parents will want to invest in a chromatic tuner, which can tune not just the four basic open strings of the violin, the G, D, A and E, but all 12 notes of the scale. The simplest and cheapest tuners can only tune a single note, such as the 440 A pitch.

Violin tuners are very much a “get what you pay for” item. The cheaper the tuner, the less likely it will be to offer an accurate measure of tuning. Lower-end tuners use LED lights to indicate the correct pitch. LCD tuners are a big improvement over LED tuners in that they can mimic needle tuners, which offer a better display of whether the note is perfectly in tune, as opposed to sharp or flat.

Most of these tuners are simple to use and a parent should consult with the student’s teacher as to what type of tuner is appropriate for the student’s age and experience. Depending on the age and experience, the teacher may train the parents to use the tuner in order to help the student tune his or her violin at home. This is especially true for the youngest of students.

Tuners can be found for sale at online violin stores, as well as most music shops and larger music retailers. It is best, however, to make a trek to the local violin shop and obtain the insight of the highly trained staff as to which tuners are available and appropriate. Most violin shops stock a variety of brands of violin accessories such as metronomes, humidifiers, shoulder rests and more.

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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