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And the video has begun! Look at that. Our little broken light. Yeah, it’s in such a sad state. Brett: Look at that. This light is like my vibrato, it’s just saggy. Yeah! The vibrato you always wanted. The vibrato you have. Alright, guys! Welcome to another episode of TwoSet Violin. Today we have something really, really exciting. Yeah, we’ve never done it before. Oh, Eddy’s background music. We’ve never done it before! Do you know what it is? We’re going to Olaf! wOW!! At Olaf— What are we doing over there? We’re going to… Actually, I don’t really… I don’t really know what’s going on. – Essentially, like… Ohh!
– I need to sneeze, I need to sneeze. He’s gonna sneeze. If he sneezes, please donate. Yeah, more light! Forgot about lighting. Today, we are going to be confronting… a musician’s… biggest… fears. It’s going to be TERRIFYING!! Yeah, I’m actually kind of nervous, – to be honest.
– Yeah. I’ve never seen this happen. Um… You guys will find out, actually, – what it’s going to be like. Very soon.
– Yeah. But uh, for those of you that aren’t musicians, we have many, many fears. But. For most musicians, our biggest fear is seeing our bae instruments get And don’t worry, we’re not going to do it to our instruments, but for those of you that remember, we did an episode quite a while ago with Olaf. And then, just casually, he was like, “Oh, did you know that the, um, the violin is designed to withstand roughly 27 kilos of weight?” – “Near the bridge?”
– Mhmm. It could probably withstand that weight. Brett: Our next video experiment! – Okay.
– Guys – Olaf actually contacted us recently being like, “So are you gonna do this video?” – And I’m like, “Wait, what?! You were serious?”
– Yeah! So I’m like, “He’s actually serious about it!” We weren’t gonna really go through with it, but man, I also can’t help but be curious about it, to see what would happen. I just remember he said that – you can put a human baby on the violin.
– Yeah. – And step on it. Ohh…
– And step on it, and the violin would still hold. Not saying we should all sit on our violins. – Please don’t sit on your violin.
– Yeah, not… Be careful with it. But uh, hey. Let’s go find out. Actually but first, we should do something. – Yeah, I think we gotta…
– We need to do a ritual, right? Eddy: Yeah. Can you guys guess what it is? Brett: You need to bring a control like this. Not these ones. Brett: When you wanna play… Smash Bros!! Eddy: Before we start, can I just say something? Look at the screen. Look at the screen. – Brett: Here we go.
– Eddy: Items. Eddy: None. – Eddy: That’s right! That’s how real players play!
– Brett: None. That’s right! Brett: Yeah. You can’t use vibrato to hide your flaws now, guys! – Eddy: OOH! Nooo!!
– Brett: Oh, no…!! Brett: Alright. Eddy: That was [beep]! Brett: That’s enough. Brett: Don’t get excited! – Eddy: WHAT THE…?!
– Brett: That would hurt, that’s gotta hurt! – Eddy: I was just 70…
– Brett: That’s gotta, that’s gotta hurt! – Eddy: YEAH!!
– Brett: There’s a delay there! – Eddy: Wha –
– Brett: Oh, yeah! Brett: OH, NO…!! The counter! Eddy: Counter game! – Eddy: Ohh…
– Brett: That’s enough. I think we should probably go. But before that, we’re gonna go (both) and get coffee. ‘Cause that’s a must. Let’s go! – Beep beep beep…
– One, two… – Eddy: Hello!
– Brett: Hi! – Brett: It’s Olaf!
– Olaf: Hey! – Eddy: How are you?
– Olaf: Hello! Good, thanks. – Olaf: How are you?
– Eddy: Good, good, how are you? – Brett: Hi. Good seeing you.
– Olaf: Hey! I don’t think I’ve ever done something so sacrilegious to a violin. Maybe we should’ve done it on a viola. That would be fun. Brett: Yeah. I’m a bit like, conflicted. Look at all those instruments! We could be harming their buddies. It could be their son and daughters. Have a look here, guys. Do you know what that is? It’s a kettlebell. So… Who knows? It’s gonna be very intense. All right, so we’re here at Olaf’s. And Olaf, which violin are we crushing today with the 27 kilos? Ah well, I’ve got this beautiful old Stradivarius. Um… – Do you wanna go with that?
– Wow! How much is this one? Olaf: Well, they’re usually between… 2 and 20 million dollars. 1731! Golden Age! Dude, if it’s Golden Age, it could definitely hold a lot more weight! – Olaf: I know!
– Eddy: Yeah, maybe we should put 40 kilos on! Wow!! – Nah, just kidding. We’re not going to be…
– Yeah. – using a beautifully varnished violin like this.
– Yeah. So, we’ll put this to the side. It’s like, “This is what your luthier does to your violin when it’s getting repaired.” – Yeah! *sings Illuminati theme*
– That’s right! – Here, right?
– Yeah no, I’ve got the client picking it up, whatever you do, don’t watch TwoSet. Brett: Yeah. Brett: Here you go, guys! Olaf: Okay. So, yeah. Here’s one. Now, if we accidentally break this one, we will probably do the world a favor. Olaf: Just a normally built violin. – It’s not expensive, right? Okay.
– No, it’s definitely not expensive.
– Okay. Eddy: Dude, I can’t imagine… – Yeah, yeah. We’re gonna… Yeah.
– …putting 27 kilos of force on this.
– No, that’s not… I know. Just gonna put this on. – Olaf: Yeah, just to…
– Brett: Yeah. – Olaf: …kind of support this area.
– Brett, Eddy: Yeah. To make sure that we can balance. Is there anything that we can do to bal—? Or just leave it there? Olaf: I think if we leave it there… Did you feel that? – So here’s our, that’s just 2 and a half kilos.
– That’s a weight. That’s a weight!
– That’s a freaking gym weight! Oh, can I feel it? Ohh, yes! All the bubble tea I lift is paying off! Feel it. That’s heavy. – Olaf: So, we’ll start to…
– Brett, Eddy: Ohh… Brett: No…!! – Olaf: So the first one’s okay.
– Eddy: Dude!!
– Brett: Oh…! – Olaf: Okay, so… Yeah, yeah.
– Eddy: I saw the whole thing just went…
– Brett: Wobble, yeah. Brett: Wow, do you guys… – Brett: Dude, I’m so…
– Eddy: Do you have a, uh… Eddy: backup in case if something happens? Brett: Yeah! – Alright. Ohh…!
– Okay, so… So, another 2 and a half kilos. – Okay, that’s still better, that’s like…
– Can you guys see? That’s 5 kilograms! That’s like a newborn. That’s all right. – Eddy: A newborn baby.
– Brett: Can I just make clear, the violin is… – The violin is like, hollow inside.
– Yeah. That’s what it looks like in. – Brett: Oh, yeah.
– Olaf: Well, this one’s much older. Olaf: But that’s kind of what it looks like inside. – Brett: It’s actually just hollow.
– Olaf: Yeah. Eddy: I hope it doesn’t like, fall this way. It’s on an angle. Brett: Eddy can catch it when the time comes. I’ll catch it with my face. Olaf: Yeah, that’s right! – Brett, Eddy: Uh-oh…!
– Olaf: Okay. Here’s 5 kilo. So, the second baby. – Can I hold that weight of 5 kilos?
– Yeah! Okay, okay. Think about this. – Would you hold this, right?
– Yeah. Feel the weight, and then think about putting it on your violin. You ready? – Ohh…
– No way! I would never do that. Dude. Imagine the bow pressing this hard. So how much weight is normally on— – Did you say it was purely from string tension?
– Um… 27 kilos. – So that’s how much is constantly on the violin.
– Yeah. Yeah, that’s right. – Dude, your violin’s lifting 27 kilos nonstop.
– So you’re not gonna do that. Alright. So you wanna do it? Okay, so you just gotta center it. Eddy: Is here good? – Brett: Ohh…!
– Olaf: You got it. – Brett: Oh! Did you hear that? Did you hear that??
– Olaf: Okay. Yeah. Okay, now it’s getting, this is kind of getting into the 20 end. I’m so nervous. In the middle? Yep, exactly in the middle. – So you literally…
– Ohh… This is another 5 kilograms. Imagine you hear like a “krhh.” Olaf: Okay, we now have… – 15 kilos on top of the instrument.
– 15 kilo weight! – Eddy: That looks so messed up!
– Olaf: Can you actually… – Eddy: Look at that!
– Olaf: Can you go in close? Olaf: Can you zoom in close? – You can actually see the movement on the top plate.
– Can you see it? – Eddy: Oh my god…!
– Brett: Whoa, it’s shaking!
– Olaf: Yeah. Olaf: And that’s what it’s supposed to do, like this movement. – Brett: Oh, my god it’s moving!
– Olaf: That’s supposed to happen. – Brett: Did you see the wood?
– Olaf: Yeah, yeah. – Olaf: Okay.
– Brett: That wood is fluctuating like…! That’s just a few, just hold them. Either end. Okay. Now. We’ve got 15 kilos on there. – Oh, dude.
– Ohh, no!! – Wait, I’m shaking, I’m shaking.
– This is 12. Start doing some… Don’t drop on me. Or the violin. – Yeah, it feels about 12.
– Yeah. Okay, okay, don’t shake the floor too much! – Alright, I’m not putting this on.
– Yeah.
– Yeah, I can’t. Okay, so. We have 27 kilos. Holy moly. I’m just stabilizing it with my finger – Olaf: so it doesn’t fall over.
– Brett: Yeah, Olaf’s finger is actually lifting 27 kilograms. Eddy: Yeah, he’s just, “Look at that,” – like all the…
– “Ahh, it’s so heavy!” Dude, the wood is moving…! Oh dude, the wood is flexing!! Olaf: It’s crazy, isn’t it? Eddy: That is crazy. – Olaf: So, 27 kilos…
– Brett: I’ve never, like, thought… Olaf: Yeah. The strings pushing down onto the bridge, – that’s the same… Yeah, it’s the equivalent of an,
– It’s the same weight. – 11-year-old pressing, standing on it.
– You would never – So, you could still technically put more on, – ’cause you would play on it?
– Yeah.
– Yeah, exactly. Eddy: I just realized, every time we tune, – Olaf: Yeah, pushing. Yeah.
– Brett: We’re putting pressure on. Olaf: They are so amazingly designed, and to think— I mean, they were designed like 500 years ago. – It’s just amazing.
– Engineering. – Stradivari knew what they were doing.
– Yeah, that’s right. They say that Amati invented it. – They’re not quite sure ’cause of…
– Oh yeah, Amati. Yeah. The violin’s like the most delicate and strongest instrument. Yeah. Isn’t Amati… Smarti? What do you think, Editor-san…? So what happens now? – Do we put… Alright, let’s go.
– I think we leave Olaf to just… Can you hear that? – Yeah, the creak.
– The crack of the wood. Brett: Guys, ready for the reveal? Yeah, I know. I know. Eddy’s dying. – I need a tissue.
– Tissue? Olaf: Totally fine. – Eddy: Wow, it’s spotless!
– Olaf: Look at this. Absolutely spotless. Pick up the violin. I think, it’s probably… – Yeah, it’s still totally fine.
– Absolutely fine. Would the same thing apply if it was here? – Eddy: Or here?
– Olaf: Um… – Brett: This feels weak, hey.
– Olaf: This is strong. – Olaf: This was made to be strong.
– Eddy: Yeah. Olaf: The bass bar is at its thickest here, you’ve got the sound post balancing in there. If someone wants to send a violin, should it be sent with pressure, under tension, or without pressure? – Or it doesn’t matter?
– It actually doesn’t matter. I mean, it’s maybe a tiny bit safer not under pressure, – Yeah.
– but it shouldn’t matter. It’s just how well you package it. Every little space in the case should be taken up by something soft. So I’ll use bubble wrap and just put little bubble wrap things – in just about every corner.
– Yeah. – So then, if the case was dropped,
– Really? then the instrument just couldn’t move one bit. Like airbags. Airbags! – I’ve had my violin delivered like that.
– Yeah. Yeah, yeah. Once it was delivered from Sydney. – Yeah, wow.
– I was so nervous about it. And it came out… The bridge was there, but there was just – sponges and wraps everywhere, like…
– Yeah, yeah. Yep. So as long as the space is like, packed, – someone could literally throw the thing
– Yeah, with something soft, yeah. – and it wouldn’t –
– Well…
– Yeah, a fair bet, yeah. There comes a point. Do you guys wanna actually see what it’s like to lift… – Alright, workout with Olaf time, let’s go!
– Yeah, alright guys! Time to burn off the bubble tea! I’m gonna try it. Olaf: Lift this. Can you do a bicep curl on that? I don’t think I can. Are you ready? That’s heavy! Could you put it on top of it? – *inaudible*
– Are you gonna be alright? – Ooh…
– Holy moly, that is so heavy! Yeah? I wouldn’t trust this on my violin. I know! But you are, all the time. ‘Cause that’s what strings are doing, – that’s the thing.
– So how does the wood just hold? Does it… get weaker over time, and…? Well, look over the years, so there’s a tiny bit of warping, and if— Especially I mean, you’ve got to watch different climates. So the whole instrument, basically what it wants to do, is it just wants to go like this. You know, because the strings are pulling it like… – Yeah, ’cause it’s pulling like that. Yeah.
– Like that. Yeah, that’s right. So every 20 to 30 years, you actually need to reset the neck, so the neck just slowly just comes down. Do I need to reset my neck now? Um… – Eddy: It’s like Transformers.
– Olaf: So basically, over the years, the neck will just, just slowly kind of come down. – Brett: So you gotta get it back out?
– Olaf: And then you’ve just gotta, yeah. Olaf: You take the whole neck out, reset it back to the right thing, and then you’ve got another 20 to 30 years. And you just kind of keep doing that. And then also, that top plate may change shape – Olaf: over the years slightly.
– Eddy: So what happens to the top plate? So they steam them, sometimes, to get the shape back. So they’ll make a, like a plaster cast mold, – with heat, they will just press it in there, and,
– So then they mold it? and change the shape – back to the way it was supposed to be. Yeah.
– Mold the wood back. – It’s crazy, yeah.
– Does the sound change a lot? – Um…
– Dude, imagine someone – doing that to your violin! A Strad.
– Yeah. It would actually… – A $10 million violin.
– Yeah, no.
– We’re gonna just… Steam it. – It’s like ironing clothes.
– Like a dim sum. – Yeah, yeah!
– “Shh…”
– Dim sum. With a bamboo basket. Yeah, yeah, yeah! “Today, we’re gonna steam the Golden Age Stradivarius!” I honestly feel like for musicians, what luthiers know is just, it’s almost like a doctor, like… – You don’t wanna know it. Yeah.
– You don’t wanna know what it’s like to do surgery.
– Yeah, I know. – It’s just like, “Just do it!”
– Yeah. – “I don’t wanna look at it!”
– Yeah, that’s right. Well, there you go guys! So… The violin is very strong, as long as it’s made well. And don’t try this at home. Right? – Yeah…
– No, don’t try it at home. – Don’t try it at home, guys.
– Don’t try it at home. That took a lot of preparation. Guys, there you go. If you liked this episode, please subscribe and like. Check out Olaf. The Violin Studios, right? – Yes.
– The Violin Studios. Always bring it to a luthier! – Get checked.
– Definitely. Like going to the doctor’s! – Yes, that’s right.
– Always. – Never try this at home.
– Yeah. Editor-san, say goodbye. – Alright.
– Alright, so… – I think that’s it?
– See you guys!
– All right! See ya!


  1. GIVE US MORE VIDEOS WITH OLAF PLEASE. His knowledge and skill set are fascinating, especially combined with you two!!

  2. Dear olaf,
    How much do I need to pay to find out who editor san is?
    Editor sans secret admirer

  3. Whoa… this guy is trusted with a $20,000,000.00 Strad…
    He must be famous in the violin world.

    I'm sure some of you are like "well no shit."
    But I'm not a musician, I'm just a car-geek that likes classical music

    In the first set of videos that he was featured, I thought he was like that neighborhood mechanic that everyone goes to, so they don't fucked over at Midas.

    And not the GOAT, you take your Fastback 1968 Shelby GT Mustang, 1990-92 R32 GTR Skyline or a Ferrari 1963 GTO($70mil) to…

  4. I hope that violin is the cheapest violin he has and not a good sounding instrument. I would never do that to any of mine.

  5. @TwoSetViolin what app do you use to edit your videos? Just want to know how to make my videos spin and shake like yours do…

  6. me being American
    "27 kilos doesn't sound like much"
    turns kilos to pounds

  7. tHiS iS pAiNfUl To WaTcH

    oNlY rEaL tWoSeT fAnS wIlL wAtCh ThE wHoLe ThInG

    bUt YoU'rE fOrGiVeN iF yOu DoN'T

    Me: My biggest fear is that Twoset will stop uploading when they get too old.

  9. YouTube must be paying well, Eddy has a Louis Vuitton backpack worth a couple thousand dollars. 🎒🎒🎒🎒

  10. In this video (and comment section): musicians can't mechanics. The confusion between mass, force (and tension), and pressure is over 9000

  11. Ok, I've come to a controversial decision:

    I prefer the round glasses

    (they look great! awesome choice, Brett!)

  12. call me crazy but i think we've already seen editor san
    in their "Playing 7 Stradivarius Violins" video the lady holding the camera has.. similar hands to the hand seen at 14:31

    help i need someone elses's opinion on this

  13. Blessed with both the return of Olaf AND an Editor-san appearance in the one video? <3 TwoSet spoils us sometimes.

  14. Brett: "We're going to Olaf!"

    Me, briefly forgetting who Olaf is: 🎶Do you wanna build a snowman?🎶

  15. "two weeks of isolation later" X'D Do you mean quarantine, editor-san?
    I don't think the virus has spread to Australia yet, unless someone (looks at Eddy) cannot stay healthy

  16. When they removed the weights and lifted the violin, I actually caught myself thinking «hmm, I wonder if some of the weight transferred and the violin is actually heavier now»

    And that’s on Logic™️.

  17. 13:39
    Creaking soung while steaming your dress shirt : oh no
    Creaking soung while steaming your violin : OOOOOOOOH NOOOOOOOOOO

  18. Jokes aside, I always thought eddy's vibrato is really beautiful. Not just a sound, but the motion. His left arm-wrist-hand-fingers are beautifully relaxed and its movements are like a natural wave of the water. I can see how much he put time into it…

  19. Brett: "Eddy can catch it when the time comes."
    Eddy: "I'll catch it with my face."

    Me: "Hmmm why does that sentence seem so familiar?"
    My Brain: Flashback to all those PE lessons that I received a volleyball with my face.

  20. I legit thought Eddy was doing a middle finger at 4:03. Almost made my thought of Eddy corrupted. I am so glad he just meant peace. ✌️

  21. " I know! But you are, all the time " nice respond Olaf, he actualy know how much Brett and Eddie love theirs Violin.

  22. Just realise how weight 27 kilos is, coz my niece has 17 kilos and it really hard for me to carry her on.

  23. Violin stands 27 KG. – Twoset: Violin is the strongest instrument.
    Meanwhile, a concert grand quietly holds 30 tons of tension.

  24. How does Olaf have such a conservative shop? The dude's a luthier! That's some big bucks
    He could be just a humble person, but that's just hard to believe in this day and age

  25. they could do a video of making a violin, explainig the process, i would be interested to learn more about how it works….

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