CRAFTED IN THE STYLE AND TRADITION
OF THE MASTER CREMONESE VIOLINMAKERS

VIOLINS, VIOLAS AND CELLOS

Benning-Crafted Instruments Now Available for Examination and Trial.
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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.
BEAUTY, SOUND & CRAFTSMANSHIP"

"INSTRUMENTS RENOWNED FOR THEIR

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.
The Impossible Dream … made Possible

ITALIAN MODELING. LUSTROUS VARNISH. POWERFUL TONE.

Finely-crafted Pressenda, Bergonzi, Balestrieri, Guarneri and Stradivari-model violins by Eric Benning.

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CATALOG OF VIOLINS, VIOLAS & CELLOS

BENNING VIOLINS MAINTAINS THE LARGEST

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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FINE VIOLINS FOR SALE
Eric Benning Violin
Los Angeles 2018

This is the latest Balestrieri copy by our very own luthier Eric Benning. The top is fashioned from one-piece Bavarian spruce of exceptional quality from the 1920’s.

FINE VIOLINS FOR SALE
Eric Benning Violin
Los Angeles 2010

This violin was made by our very own luthier, Eric Benning. Based on the Stradivari model, this violin has a gorgeous one-piece back with exceptional figure.

FINE VIOLINS FOR SALE
Eric Benning Violin,
Los Angeles 2004

This beautiful violin by Eric Benning from 2004 has recently come in for sale from a retired professional violinist. This violin was used professionally for the last 14 years and has developed a beautiful, mature tone.

FINE VIOLAS FOR SALE
Eric Benning Viola
Los Angeles 2017

This is the latest viola by Eric Benning from 2017. It is based on the Amati pattern given to our family by Carl Becker Jr.

FINE CELLOS FOR SALE
Hans and Nancy Benning Cello,
Los Angeles 1998

This is a beautiful cello made by our very own, Hans and Nancy Benning. This is the last cello that Hans and Nancy made together back in 1998. Modeled after a David Tecchler cello, this instrument has large, full-arching giving the cello an incredible, rich, penetrating sound.

FINE CELLOS FOR SALE
Eric Benning (Carriage House, Boston, MA.) | Cello, Los Angeles 2018

This is the latest Eric Benning cello completed in 2018. Beautiful Bosnian maple which has been in our family for over 3 generations. The top of Italian Spruce is from the 1920’s.

FINE VIOLAS FOR SALE
Hans Benning Viola
Los Angeles 1982

Made from our very own Hans Benning. This viola is in excellent condition and produces a bright, powerful across all the strings. Back length: 42.5 cm. String Length: 38 cm.

FINE VIOLAS FOR SALE
Eric Benning Viola
Los Angeles 1997

A rich, powerful tone that you would expect on a larger viola. Length: 42.4 cm. Please call to make an appointment to see this beautiful viola.

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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.

Contact Us Instrument Catalog

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

Featured Instruments

A Powerful, Warm Soloistic Instrument2017 Amati-model Viola crafted by Eric Benning

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An Exceptional Example of Sartory's Finest Bows1920's Eugene Sartory Violin Bow

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Rich and Powerful with Flawless Workmanship1854 Cello crafted by Georges Chanot

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

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

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Preeminent Los Angeles violinmaker Eric Benning has five of his instruments in the LA Philharmonic ... and here's a photo to prove it.

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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.

Players of Benning-Crafted Instruments

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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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