Old-World Service MeetsOld-World Master Craftsmanship

Benning Violins has a long tradition of expert service and meeting the needs of collectors and the most discerning musicians - from the beginner to professional - since 1953.

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The story of Benning ViolinsFinding Bespoke:
The Violinmaker

Renowned filmmaker Michael Bernard has released an original short film chronicling the story of the Benning family, four generations of distinguished violinmakers in Los Angeles.

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"Instruments renowned for theirBEAUTY, SOUND & Craftsmanship"

Since the early 20th century, the Benning family name has been synonymous with the old world craft of making fine, master-crafted violins, violas and cellos.

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1710 Alessandro Gagliano "Rotondo" ViolinThe Neapolitan Master's Finest

In the words of noted violinmaker Roger Hargrave, this particular and renowned violin, The Rotondo , “... is the finest known example of Alessandro’s workmanship.”

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Benning Violins maintains the Largest Catalog of Violins, Violas & Cellos

Benning Violins offers the most extensive collection on the West Coast of fine violins, violas, cellos and bows crafted by modern and old world masters

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Benning 2012 Stradivarius

Finding Bespoke:
"The Violinmaker"

Director, cinematographer and filmmaker Michael Bernard released an original short film chronicling the story of the Bennings, the family of distinguished violinmakers.

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A selection from our catalog of notable violins, violas, cellos and bows

Featured Instruments

A DARKLY, RICH AND POWERFUL SOLOIST INSTRUMENT2012 “Stradivarius” Violin crafted by Eric Benning

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A RICH, POWERFUL AND COMPLEX SOUND1735 Violin by Carlo & Michel Angelo Bergonzi

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The Neapolitan Master's Finest1710 Alessandro Gagliano "Rotondo" Violin

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A Bright, Penetrating Soloistic Instrument1765 Violin by Nicolaus Gagliano

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Warm, Dark and Powerfully Resonant1816 Cello by Raffaele & Antonio Gagliano

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A Rich and Penetrating Master Instrument1750 Violin by Tomasso Balastrieri

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An Exceptional Example of Sartory's Finest Bows1930 Eugene Sartory Violin Bow

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Rich and Powerful with Flawless Workmanship1854 Cello by Georges Chanot

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Throughout the years our work - both inside and outside the shop - has captured the attention of the media.

Benning In The News

Since the early 20th century, members of the Benning family have been making violins renowned for their beauty, sound

In 1979, the Bennings began working at a Mexican orphanage built by friends. Thirty-four years later, they're still go

STUDIO CITY | Fourteen-year-old Nathan Benning cradled a violin 14 months in the making, fitted it to a freckly chin,

Through our skill, artistry and expertise we provide the highest quality services to players of all levels.

We are a full service Violin Shop

Appraisals

We draw on our 60 years of experience to perform expert appraisals of fine violins, violas, cellos and bows.

Commissions

Eric Benning accepts commissioned work to craft individualized violins, violas and cellos by request.

Consignments

We accept consignments of fine violins, violas, cellos and bows to place before our international clientele.

Restorations

Expert restoration and repair of violins, violas, cellos and bows have long been a staple of our studio.

Fine violins, violas and cellos crafted by Eric Benning are played by a number of premier players, concert performers and recording artists.

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HOURS

Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday and Monday: Closed

 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Society of Violin and Bow Makers
  • American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers
  • Deutscher Geigenbauer Verband

 

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Thank you for your interest in Benning Violins. If you have a question or concern, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our shop or contact us using any of the methods below.

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11340 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA

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