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
  • The Highest Quality Instruments at the Lowest Price

    Every instrument is set up by expert luthiers in Benning's storied workshop to their exacting specifications before being shipped.
  • The Right Bow Brings Out the Best in Your Instrument

    Whether you are a beginner or a professional, choosing a bow is as important of a decision as choosing an instrument.
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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

At Benning Violins Online Store, your satisfaction is our top priority. We stand by our products, and will exchange or return a damaged or defective product to ensure your complete satisfaction.

Return Policies

Please be sure to inspect all items thoroughly upon receipt of your order. We offer a 14-day return policy for instruments and bows and a 30-day return policy for all other items starting from the date of purchase.

All non-defective items that you wish to return must include all original packaging, instructions, and components, and must be in like-new condition in order to receive a full refund. If they are not, a restocking fee may apply at our discretion. Incomplete returns will not be accepted.

You will be responsible for return shipping charges unless your product is defective or was shipped in error.


Please inspect strings carefully before installing them on the instrument. Refunds will not be provided for any strings that have been installed on an instrument. Strings that break within 24 hours of installation may be returned for replacement within 30 days of purchase. Unopened strings may be returned for refund within 30 days of purchase.

Return Procedures

Step 1 - Fill out the Return Authorization Form that was sent with your order, or download a copy here.

Step 2 - Call us at 1(818)762-1374 to request a Return Authorization Number (RAN) for any returns or exchanges. At that time, an On-Line Store associate will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your return.

Step 3 - Carefully repack your item(s) with all the original packaging, components, Invoice and Return Authorization Form. Be sure to include your Return Authorization Number on the outside of the box. You may ship your return back to us using any shipping method. Please retain the tracking information. Please note: Shipping charges will not be refunded unless authorized by an associate.

A refund will be issued via the original payment method used when the order was placed. Please allow 3-5 business days after we receive your items for your return to be processed.

* If you suspect your package was damaged in shipping, please retain all packing materials, document the condition with pictures, and keep the item(s) packed. Please contact us immediately at 1(818)762-1374 and an associate will arrange to have the carrier inspect and pick up the package. Please note that damaged items must include the original shipping materials or it will not be considered for coverage by the carrier and will not be eligible for return or refund.

If you believe that an item has been shipped in error, or that an item has a manufacturing defect, please contact us at 1(818)762-1374 as soon as possible to arrange an exchange.

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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