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Benning Violins in Los Angeles has a long tradition of expert service and meeting the needs of musicians - from the beginner to the professional - since 1953. For three generations, the Benning family name has been synonymous with the making of fine, master-crafted violins, violas and cellos. Fine instruments crafted by Eric Benning are owned and played by a number of premier players, concert performers and recording artists. Benning Violins has the largest catalog of fine instruments for sale on the West Coast.

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Benning Violins, Los Angeles Violinmakers, Releases Jascha Heifetz Remembrance Video

08/19/2016

In a newly released video, violinmaker Hans Benning, patriarch of the violinmaking family, remembers his years maintaining Jascha Heifetz’s 1740


Acclaimed Violinist, Vijay Gupta, Acquires Violin Crafted by Violinmaker Eric Benning

05/21/2016

Critically renowned violinist, Vijay Gupta, has acquired a newly crafted violin by violinmaker Eric Benning. The instrument, modeled after a


Los Angeles-based Violin Shop, Benning Violins, Launches new Website

05/21/2016

Benning Violins, a preeminent violin shop in Los Angeles, has launched a new, industry-leading website. Launched in April, the state-of-the-art


Distinguished Violinist Tamamo Gibbs Acquires Violin Crafted by Eric Benning, Preeminent Los Angeles

11/04/2015

Kansas City Symphony principal second violinist Tamamo Gibbs has acquired a 2005 Stradivarius model violin crafted by renowned violinmaker Eric


Renowned Cellist Mark Gibbs Acquires Cello Crafted by Preeminent Violinmaker Eric Benning

09/07/2015

Mark Gibbs, principal cellist of the Kansas City Symphony, has acquired a cello crafted by distinguished Los Angeles violinmaker Eric


Violinmaking: Measuring and Fitting the Neck Piece

01/13/2015

When crafting fine violins, as opposed to cheap, mass-produced ones, placing the neck onto the violin body is the most


Violinmaking: Carving the Scroll

12/25/2014

The distinctive scroll found at the top of fine violins, violas and cellos is a purely decorative woodcarving that showcases


Violinist Alex Granger Premiers Composer Lucas Floyd's Violin Concerto with Violin Crafted by Violin

12/23/2014

On April 27, 2014, violinist Alex Granger premiered American composer Lucas Floyd's violin concerto in San Francisco Conservatory of Music's


Violinmaking: Designing the Sound Holes

12/18/2014

The sound holes of stringed instruments such as fine cellos, violas and violins, also known as F-holes, are openings in


Consigning Your Violin: What to Know

12/10/2014

When you're looking to sell your fine violin (or a viola or cello), consignment to a notable violin shop may


Dendrochronology and Fine Violins

11/24/2014

Dendrochronology is the act of analyzing tree ring patterns in wood in order to determine the wood’s age. Dendrochronology has


Choosing the Tailpiece On a Stringed Instrument

11/17/2014

The tailpiece anchors the strings on the bottom end of violins, violas and cellos. As the top of the strings


Standard Tunings for Violins, Violas and Cellos

11/09/2014

For the practicing instrumentalist, tuning a violin, viola or cello is a daily task. Located in the peg box towards


The Violin Bass Bar

10/14/2014

The bass bar is a piece of wood on the underside of the faceplate or "belly"” of stringed instruments such


Violins, Violas and Cellos: Straightening the Bridge

10/11/2014

In time, as violins, violas and cellos are used, tuning the strings on the instrument eventually cause the bridge to


Hourglass Shapes of Violins, Violas and Cellos

10/11/2014

The shape of stringed instruments such as violins, violas and cellos consists of an upper bout, lower bout, and two


Installing the Bridge on a Stringed Instrument

10/10/2014

Careful installation of the bridge is necessary to achieve proper sound, tuning and maintenance of violins, or cellos. A poorly


How to Keep Your Violin "Tuned Up" and Playable

09/24/2014

Good care and maintenance are vital in preserving a violin, whether or not the instrument endures frequent travel or gets


14-year-old Nathan Benning, 4th Generation Violinmaker at Benning Violins, Completes his First Instr

09/16/2014

Nathan Benning, a 14-year-old violinmaker has completed his first instrument, a violin crafted after a Stradivarius model. Nathan, son of


The US Federal Ivory Ban and Musical Instruments

09/04/2014

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) director has worked with the Osama Administration to set in place strict


Ivory, Violins and Violin Bows

09/03/2014

Through the years some makers have considered Ivory as an essential choice when it came to building fine musical instruments,


How to Choose a Case for Your Stringed Instrument

08/19/2014

When faced with a multitude of options, determining the right case for your fine violin, viola or cello can bean


Cellist Jacob Szekely Releases New Jazz CD To Critical Acclaim, Credits Los Angeles Violinmaker Benn

08/19/2014

Innovative indie Jazz cellist Jacob Szekely has released a critically acclaimed self-titled recording of improvisations with the Jacob Szekely Trio,


What to do About Bow Bugs

08/09/2014

Bugs that attack violin, viola and cello bows are a nuisance but a simple problem to treat and prevent. If


Violinmaking: The Tools of the Trade

08/09/2014

The craft of violinmaking has changed very little in the 300 years since the time of Antonius Stradivarius and the


Pirastro Violin Strings - Quality and Consistency

08/09/2014

Pirastro creates consistent and high quality strings for violins, violas and cellos as only a successful 300-year-old company can. Pirastro


Renowned Los Angeles Violinmaker, Benning Violins, Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Open House

07/28/2014

Benning Violins, the distinguished Los Angeles-area violin shop that has served string players - from beginners to professionals - since


Violinmaking: Inlaying the Purflings

07/23/2014

Purflings are the decorative inlays highlighting the edges on the faces and backs of most stringed instruments. Since the first


Basic Care and Maintenance of Violin Bows

07/22/2014

Caring for a violin bow, like caring for a violin, requires dedication and consistency, but can save money on expensive


Violinmaking: Bending the Violin Ribs

07/15/2014

The “ribs” are the pieces of wood that make up the sides of violins, violas and cellos, between the outer


Violin Accessories: Buying Online Versus In a Violin Shop

07/09/2014

Whether you are in need of chin rests, rosin, violin strings, metronomes or tuning devices, shopping for the right


Smart Phone Apps for Violin Players

06/25/2014

Violinists and other instrumentalists will find that tuners, metronomes and other useful and necessary violin accessories are now available as


Benning Violins Announces Viola Exhibit to Coincide with 2014 Primrose International Viola Competiti

06/25/2014

Preeminent violin shop Benning Violins will host a three-day exhibit of fine violas and bows crafted by old and modern


When Purchasing a Student Violin, It's all in the Setup

06/24/2014

Everything important about the violin - from playing the violin, to making a violin - lies in the smallest details.


The History of Modern Violinmaking

06/18/2014

The modern violin’s origins are in the schools of violinmaking in Brescia and Cremona, the traditions of which were passed


Thomastik Infeld Strings for Violins, Violas and Cellos

06/11/2014

Founded in Vienna by Dr. Franz Thomastik and Otto Infeld, Thomastik-Infeld has been manufacturing strings for violins, violas and cellos


The History of Violinmaking in the Golden Age

06/06/2014

Written by S. Van Dyck The first modern violins were made in Northern Italy in the middle of the 16th


The "Stradivarius" Violin Label: What it Means

05/27/2014

Old violins containing anofficial looking“Stradivarius” label often surface, for instance,while digging through a yard sale ora deceased relative’s attic. The


Sizes of Violins

05/06/2014

For obvious reasons, violins (as well as violas and cellos) come in varying sizes, from full sized violins for adults


The History of Ancient Violinmaking

05/05/2014

Written by S. Van Dyck Before the invention in Italy of instruments we know today as the violins, violas and


Distinguished Los Angeles Violinmaker, Benning Violins, to Publish Quarterly "Resonance" E-zine

05/03/2014

Benning Violins, the renowned Los Angeles-area violin shop that has been a mainstay musical institution on the West Coast providing


Preeminent Los Angeles Violinmaking Family, Benning, are Subject of Celebrated LA Times Columnist St

05/03/2014

LA Times writer, Steve Lopez, has featured the Benning family, fourth generation violinmakers and owners and operators of Benning Violins,


Critically Acclaimed Conductor and Cellist, Ronald Feldman, Acquires Cello Crafted by Los Angeles Vi

05/03/2014

Renowned conductor and cellist Ronald Feldman, has acquired a newly crafted master cello made by distinguished Los Angeles violinmaker Eric


Benning Violins: Renowned Master Bowmaker, Ole Kanestrom, to Take Up Part-Time Residence at Los Ange

05/03/2014

Benning Violins, a distinguished Los Angeles-area violin shop that serves string players from beginners to professionals, has announced a part-time


What to Know About Violin Cases: An Overview

04/21/2014

Choosing a violin case for a student violin is simple; but the more expensive the violin, choosing the right case


Performing and Recording Artist Aleksandra Maslovaric Acquires Violin From Los Angeles Violinmaker B

04/21/2014

Renowned Los Angeles-based violin virtuoso Aleksandra Maslovaric, has acquired a master violin crafted by luthier Eric Benning. The violin, made


Concert Violinist Ashot Tigranyan Acquires Violin from Los Angeles Violinmaker Eric Benning

04/21/2014

World renowned Russian conductor and concert violinist Ashot Tigranyan has recently acquired a violin crafted by master violinmaker Eric Benning


Is Varnish Important to a Violin's Sound?

04/21/2014

Violinmakers know that even the most subtle of details are crucial in perfecting the sound quality of fine violins, violas


Benning Violins, Renowned Los Angeles Violin Shop Featured on A&E’s Reality Show “Storage Wars” DVD

04/14/2014

Distinguished Los Angeles violin shop, Benning Violins, and master violinmakers Eric and Hans Benning, are featured prominently on Arts &


Restoring a Violin: What to Expect

04/14/2014

Performing fine violin restorations is an art form in its own right within the field of violin making. Not all


Benning Violins Becomes First North American Violin Shop to Offer Phantom Violin Shoulder Rest

04/07/2014

Benning Violins has announced the North American retail release of the long-awaited Phantom shoulder rest, an accessory for violin players.


Student Violin Outfits: An Overview for Parents

04/07/2014

In the market for a good student violin? Before you buy a la carte, consider purchasing a violin outfit that


Demystifying Stringed Instrument Mutes

04/03/2014

While not as vital as shoulder rests, chin rests and pegs, violin mutes – as well as mutes for violas


Stringed Instrument Repairs: What is Possible

03/24/2014

Fine cellos, violas and violins are made of delicate materials and can get damaged, whether through poor storing conditions, exhaustive


Care and Maintenance of Student Violins - Violin Parts

03/24/2014

Part of the joy of teaching violin students to play is to teach them how to properly care for their


Care and Maintenance of Student Violins - Protection and Cleanliness

03/19/2014

Part of the responsibility of the both the parent of a student violin player and the violin teacher, is to


Varnishing the Body of a Stringed Instrument

03/10/2014

Written by S. Van Dyck A good violin, viola or cello varnish can play an important role in perfecting the


Intermediate and Student Violins from Snow

03/10/2014

Over the years, many luthiers have traveled from China to Europe to learn the fine art of violinmaking from reputable


Materials for Making Violin Strings

03/04/2014

Written by S. Van Dyck All violins, but especially older, fine violins sound better with fine strings. The string-maker, or


Metronomes: Essential Violin Accessories for Students

03/04/2014

There are plenty of violin accessories available for student violinists, as well as for those who play cello, viola or


Violin Fittings: The Tuning Pegs, Tailpiece and Tail Gut

02/26/2014

Written by S. Van Dyck The fittings of the violin, including the tuning pegs, tailpiece and tail gut, are attachments


Electronic Tuners: Essential Violin Accessories for Students

02/17/2014

For the beginning violin student, there are two basic challenges to playing music well: playing in time and playing in


Violinmaking: The Appropriate Pressure for Tuning Pegs

02/17/2014

Written by S. Van Dyck Violinists, violists and cellists use tuning pegs daily to adjust the tones of each string


The Difference between Violins and Fiddles

02/10/2014

Violins and fiddles,by themselves, may be difficult to distinguish physically. The same instrument can be played and referred to as


How to Hold a Violin or Viola

02/05/2014

The player holds violins and violas similarly. Correctly holding a violin or a viola will enhance the sound of the


Violins: Mass Produced Versus Hand Crafted

02/05/2014

When it comes to student violins, the axiom that “you get what you pay for” has never been truer. There


What is a composite instrument?

01/27/2014

Written by S. Van Dyck Composite instruments are violins, violas or cellos with one or more parts that have been


Eastman Violins - Hand Crafted for All Playing Levels

01/21/2014

Whether your search for a new violin has taken you to a local brick and mortar violin shop or to


Types of Stringed Instrument Bows

01/16/2014

The bow is a musical device that is pulled across the strings of violins, violas and cellos to make them


Renting a Violin for Your Student Violinist

01/16/2014

Depending on your beginning violin student’s personality, level of commitment, maturity and other factors, you may decide that you would


The Varying Sizes of Violins, Violas and Cellos

01/08/2014

Violins, violas and cellos are made in a variety of sizes, mainly for youth. Violins and cellos have standard adult


The Acoustics of the Violin Body

12/23/2013

The body of violins, including their front and back plates, their sides as well as the air they contain, all


Types of Cello Strings: An Overview

12/16/2013

There are many, many different brands and types of cello strings for the beginner, intermediate and professional player. Some of


Jay Haide Stringed Instruments - For All Levels of Players

12/09/2013

Jay Haide stringed instruments are well known on the market today for their high quality and affordability as lower and


Choosing a Violin Teacher for Your Child

12/05/2013

If your child has expressed an interest in playing the violin (or the viola or the cello), odds are good


Dampit Internal Humidifiers for Violins, Violas and Cellos

11/11/2013

Some players of acoustic stringed instruments - violins, violas and cellos - live and work in hot, dry climates and


Cello Accessories for the Beginning Player

10/28/2013

If your child is just starting out as a student cellist, you've most likely rented him or her a cello.


Buying a Violin Bow for Your Beginning Player

10/21/2013

If you have purchased a student or intermediate violin outfit, the bow is included in the package along with the


What Do New Violins Cost?

10/14/2013

Violins range in price according to many different factors including quality of the wood, the maker, the accessories, the country


Violin Strings for Beginning Players

10/08/2013

Once the parent purchases a violin for your child who is a beginning player, the parent quickly finds out that


Violin Rosin: Essential for Beginning Players

10/08/2013

So, you've purchased your child a violin. Most likely, whether you purchased the violin from a private party, online, or


Shoulder Rests: Do Beginning Players Need Them?

10/06/2013

Shoulder rests. Are they necessary or are they not? This is a question that is always being asked by students,


Types of Glues Used in Instrument Making

09/11/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck In the production and repair of stringed instruments such as violins, violas and cellos, hide


Violinmaking and Chladni Patterns

09/11/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck Chladni Patterns are the result of techniques of visualizing the vibrations of a resonating two-dimensional


Ebony Fingerboards Resist Wear

09/11/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck The fingerboards of violins, violas and cellos are the most touched surface on the instruments


Types of Chinrests for Violins and Violas

09/04/2013

The chinrest is a component of violins and violas that helps in positioning the violinist or violist’s chin and jaw


Basic Parts of the Violin Bow

09/04/2013

The bow is an integral part of playing on violins, as well as on violas and cellos, except when plucking


Positioning the Sound Post in Stringed Instruments

09/04/2013

Sound posts in cellos, violas and violins are cylindrical rods inside the instrument body located below the treble side of


Performing Neck Grafts on Violins, Violas and Cellos

08/26/2013

Neck grafting is a repair process for violins, violas and cellos through which the neck is replaced while often preserving


Types of Violin Strings and the Character of Sound

08/26/2013

Different kinds of strings can markedly adjust the sonic character of violins. Plain and wound gut, steel and synthetic strings


Types of Violin Strings and the Character of Sound

08/26/2013

Different kinds of strings can markedly adjust the sonic character of violins. Plain and wound gut, steel and synthetic strings


Violin Acoustics and the Thickness of Wood

07/18/2013

The final thickness of the wood of violins has a major influence on the quality and character of its sound.


Distinguished Los Angeles Violinmaker, Benning Violins, to Publish Quarterly "Resonance" E-zine

07/10/2013

Benning Violins, the renowned Los Angeles-area violin shop that has been a mainstay musical institution on the West Coast providing


Peg Bushing Repair of Stringed Instruments

06/26/2013

On all stringed instruments – , violas and cellos – the container that houses the pegs is called the “peg


Violinmaking: Carving the Violin Mortise

06/26/2013

The mortise is a gap in the violin body sized to hold the protruding neck’s matching dimensions so that they


Violins, Violas and Cellos: Straightening the Bridge

06/05/2013

In time, as , violas and cellos are used, tuning the strings on the instrument eventually cause the bridge to


The Varying Sizes of Violins, Violas and Cellos

06/05/2013

, violas and cellos are made in a variety of sizes, mainly for youth. Violins and cellos have standard adult


Hourglass Shapes of Violins, Violas and Cellos

06/05/2013

The shape of stringed instruments such as violins, and cellos consists of an upper bout, lower bout, and two C-shape


Installing the Bridge on a Stringed Instrument

05/09/2013

Careful installation of the bridge is necessary to achieve proper sound, tuning and maintenance of violins, or cellos. A poorly


The Acoustics of the Violin Body

05/09/2013

The body of , including their front and back plates, their sides as well as the air they contain, all


Choosing the Tailpiece on a Stringed Instrument

05/09/2013

The tailpiece anchors the strings on the bottom end of , violas and cellos. As the top of the strings


Renowned Los Angeles Violinmaker, Benning Violins, Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Open House

05/09/2013

Benning Violins, the distinguished Los Angeles-area violin shop that has served string players – from beginners to professionals – since


The History of Modern Violinmaking

04/01/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck The modern violin’s origins are in the schools of violinmaking in Brescia and Cremona,


Varnishing the Body of a Stringed Instrument

04/01/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck A good violin, viola or cello varnish can play an important role in perfecting


The History of Violinmaking in the Golden Age

04/01/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck The first modern violins were made in Northern Italy in the middle of the


Los Angeles-based Violin Studio, Benning Violins, Announces Launch of Online Retail Store

03/15/2013

Renowned Los Angeles violin studio launches online retail store to compliment their existing online catalog of fine, master-crafted instruments.


Materials for Making Violin Strings

03/15/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck All violins, but especially older, sound better with fine strings. The string-maker, or “cordaro”


The History of Ancient Violinmaking

03/15/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck Before the invention in Italy of instruments we know today as the violins, and


Violin Fittings: The Tuning Pegs, Tailpiece and Tail Gut

03/07/2013

The fittings of the , including the tuning pegs, tailpiece and tail gut, are attachments that are added on


Appropriate Pressure for Tuning Pegs

03/07/2013

, violists and use tuning pegs daily to adjust the tones of each string on their instrument. In violinmaking,


What is a composite instrument?

02/27/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck Composite instruments are , violas or cellos with one or more parts that have


Types of Glues Used in Instrument Making

02/27/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck In the production and repair of stringed instruments such as violins, and cellos, hide


Violinmaking and Chladni Patterns

02/27/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck Chladni Patterns are the result of techniques of visualizing the vibrations of a resonating


Ebony Fingerboards Resist Wear

02/27/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck The fingerboards of , violas and cellos are the most touched surface on the


Types of Wood for Making a Violin

02/27/2013

Written by S. Van Dyck There are a variety of woods used for making , including Maple, Spruce, Ebony,


Why the Great String Instrument Bows Come From France

02/06/2013

By R. Klettke French Bow Makers Have a Long Tradition of Superior Quality Bows for stringed instruments largely come


Why the Great Violins Came From Italy

02/06/2013

By R. Klettke Old fine Italian violins deserve their reputation for greatness. The tradition for making fine violins, violas


Aleksandra Maslovaric Acquires Violin From Los Angeles Violinmaker Benning

01/17/2013

Renowned Los Angeles-based violin virtuoso Aleksandra Maslovaric, has acquired a master violin crafted by luthier Eric Benning. The violin,


Benning Violins: Renowned Master Bowmaker, Ole Kanestrom, to Take Up Part-Time Residence at Los Ange

12/19/2012

Benning Violins, a distinguished Los Angeles-area violin shop that serves string players from beginners to professionals, has announced a


What Do You Do if You “Find a Strad”?

12/10/2012

A Stradivarius Violin in Your Attic? How to Know. It would be a great shock to the world of


Should You Refinish a Fine Stringed Instrument for Color?

12/10/2012

Should a Desire for Color Change Warrant Refinishing a Fine Violin? The finish on antique and modern fine stringed


What to Know Before Buying a Fine Violin Online From a Shop

11/20/2012

Before Buying a Fine Violin Online, Know About the Shop Selling It Buying a fine stringed instrument can rarely


Why You Shouldn't Purchase Fine Stringed Instruments on Craigslist

11/19/2012

Purchasing Violins from Individual Sellers Online is Probably a Mistake Even affordable student violins come in a wide range


When Is It Time to Upgrade From a Student Violin to a Fine Violin?

11/15/2012

Violin Students Upgrading to a Finer Violin Need to Know How and When The moment for students of any


What To Look for When Choosing a Local Violin Shop

11/13/2012

Violin Shops Have Key Features to Look For When Choosing The purchase of a violin at any price level


Violin Crafted By Los Angeles Violinmaker Eric Benning Shown at Modern Masters Exhibition

11/07/2012

Eric Benning, distinguished violinmaker at Los Angeles-based violin shop Benning Violins, is one of almost 50 modern master violinmakers chosen


Benning Violins, Renowned Los Angeles Violin Shop Featured on A&E’s Reality Show “Storage Wars” DVD

10/11/2012

Distinguished Los Angeles violin shop, Benning Violins, and master violinmakers Eric and Hans Benning, are featured prominently on Arts & Entertainment Channel’s DVD release of “Storage Wars: Season …


Renowned Los Angeles Violin Shop Offers West Coast’s Largest Online Catalog of Master Instruments

10/04/2012

The distinguished and renowned Los Angeles violin shop, Benning Violins, has released their online catalog of the most extensive collection of fine antique and contemporary violins, violas, cellos an…


Renowned Los Angeles Violin Shop To Offer Financing

10/04/2012

Benning Violins, a renowned family-owned and operated violin shop since 1953, is pleased to now offer individualized financing plans on instruments, bows and accessory purchases.


Renown Los Angeles Violin Shop Releases New Web Site

10/04/2012

Benning Violins, formerly known as Studio City Music, one of Los Angeles’ most distinguished violin shops serving string players from beginners to the professional since 1953, has released a new stat…



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