Welcome to TwoSet Violin. Today we have a very special episode. We will be hearing what it sounds like to have a Ohh! Welcome, – Hello, everyone.
– Benny! He’s an amazing world-class soloist. Yes. And he is worth 10 million dollars. – What instrument do you play?
– It’s the violin. Uhh, it’s a Guarneri del Gesú. Um, 1732 instrument. Um… On loan to me from the Chi Mei Foundation – in Taiwan. Yes.
– Whoa. Do you know how much it’s worth? It’s probably worth… ahh, 7, 8 million dollars? Wait. – 7 or 8.
– Taiwan dollars or US dollars? US dollars. – 10 million.
– It’s actually 10 million Australian dollars. So, we have a… 10 million dollar instrument. My violin is a… 1952… Scrollavezza. It’s worth about… I don’t know, should I say higher so like, if I want to sell this one day…? Yeah yeah yeah, it’s also 10 million dollars. Mine is, um… Unnamed violin. – Brett: So then it –
– Eddy: It says, “Transformed in 1914.” Uh, also known as 野戰琴 (tr. warfare violin). Let’s just say, for the sake of a clickbait thumbnail, it’s worth 1,000 dollars. Yeah. So today’s video is 1,000 dollar violin versus 10 million dollar violin. And 1 dollar violinist, 50 cent violinist, and… – Brett: 10 million dollar violinist.
– Eddy: 10 million violin. So we’re gonna compare these instruments. I mean, we don’t know what’s gonna go or happen. And then we’re gonna try and guess. It’s interesting to know how much… the violin makes a difference, – and how much the player makes a difference, right?
– Yep. I’m really curious what Benny will think of our violins. Should we get Benny to play – Yeah, you can play our violins first – But I think you should play a little bit of your violin, just so everyone can hear. All right. – Damn.
– Might as well just record the whole concerto. – Let’s try your violin first.
– Oh try mine first. Alright. – All right.
– Sound a lot better than I’m used to hearing from that violin! Oh, what did you think of it? I think it’s… I mean, you can say it’s bad. It’s okay. No, I— I mean, like, obviously there’s, like, I can more… I can make a different tone and stuff on the violin I used to play. – Yeah.
– But this one, I mean, I can— I can play it, I meant like… Yeah, you can play on it. Yeah. Alright, I wanna— – I wanna hear you play my violin.
– Oh here we go. – So okay. So,
– Yeah. what did you think of this violin? Personally, I prefer this one. – Oh yes.
– Mm. Guys, I’m gonna sell this soon! You should buy it. Check it out! But, um… uh… I’m curious if the microphone picks up the difference. That’s true. I don’t know, what do you guys think? Can you hear the difference in the violins? Or, better question: Next up, can you hear the difference in the violinists? – I don’t wanna play.
– Alright. – Alright, I don’t think I’ll play actually.
– I can’t. – I’ll just be the… I’ll just be the host.
– Are you serious? I can’t play after that! – Do you hear a difference?
– Sounds like… It literally sounds like half the volume, – for some reason.
– Are you serious?! Yeah. I think you should play the… Guarneri now, – Is that okay?
– like right after, and see.
– Yeah. Don’t drop it. If you drop it, even uh… Mr. Beast can’t save you. I think it’s my first time playing one. I’m losing my Guarneri virginity. Ooh. But I’m too scared to, like… – Benny: No, it… Just don’t –
– Brett: I juist don’t want to like, – hit it, you know?
– Is it insured? Yes, it is. It’s insured! Ohh! Do I sound better? It’s… – I don’t know how to describe it,
– Why’d you just…? I feel like… This, this— – The sound is just –
– The tone of the… The tone, I think it’s, um… Whoa. It feels… deeper. – Oh.
– Can I— Can I just try it? Did I do something? I think, um, your chin was like, kinda— It was like, covering too much of the this, this part. How do you tell?! – Ohh?
– Because so then the— I think it wasn’t as vibrant – as it should be.
– My chin! Dude, we’re getting a free masterclass. Yeah, yeah. This is a masterclass! You look more like Heifetz now. – Oh really?
– Yeah. What does Heifetz play? Brahms. Dammit! Ooh. Whoo! Is that better? I think so. Do you even hear a difference? Play it the old way, how you used to play. I wanna see if I can hear a difference. I can! – I think this one is actually, like…
– Oh my god! – Brett: It’s my fat. It ruins my tone.
– Benny: Because the sound can… Look I don’t know what you guys are thinking like so far, but to me it feels like it’s quite apparent like… It’s 80% player. And 20%… – Thanks man.
– …violin. No no, dude – – Nah, I think –
– I wanna try. – You should try. I think you should try.
– I wanna try. Alright, okay. Is it your first time as well? Yeah, this is my first Guarneri. I’m like, too scared to press. – Brett: I know! I feel scared.
– Benny: I feel— I feel like – Cos I’m scared I’ll like, hit it. I feel like Eddy is more… You’re more like, a Guarneri player. I think your playing style maybe is better for a Strad. Oooh! Strads, come at me. Who’s got one? Alright Guarneris! Accepting donations! Yeah! – Why? How come?
– Why do you think that? Because the way you play it, it’s um… It’s more, um… I don’t know how to like— I feel like you play with the… With more… like, downward. And, um… Brett kinda plays, um… With more like, kind of movement. And then, I think a Strad usually sounds better when you play with, you know, more bow, and then more bow flow, and faster bow speed. (Brett and Eddy) Ohh! Eddy: You’re faster. Brett: Ohh. Eddy: That makes sense! I guess so! And I’m— I’m just, I don’t know, I press more? – Benny: I guess –
– Brett: You just press more! You know what I think would be really funny? One of us goes blindfolded. Yeah. And the other two of us… play… a mixture of these, the three violins. – There’s 6 combinations, right?
– Mhmm. And you have to guess who’s playing, – and what instrument’s being played.
– Oh, can I get a blindfold? – Do you want to be the guesser?
– I wanna guess, I wanna guess. Oh, okay. I don’t wanna play anymore. I don’t think that was Eddy. It was too in tune. That’s— Now that’s tricky! Because Benny can make every violin sound good. I think it’s Benny, on the… Can we do a… Do it again, or no? Benny: You wanna do that again? Dude that sounds so different! Was it the same? – Brett: Why is no one talking?
– Eddy: Yeah. It’s the same? Yeah. Brett: What?! Brett: Why are you guys laughing? No this is— This is a trick? Um… Dude that sounds so different. You guys changed it! You guys changed it. That sounded like… Eddy on something else. Okay, okay, okay. So the first one is… Benny, Guarneri. Second one is… Eddy, Guarneri. Yeah. Oh, that’s so funny! Ohh… You were pretty close. Benny on Guarneri was right. – Yeah.
– But I was playing on your violin. Really! – Yeah.
– Ohh! Guys, my violin’s still for sale! It sounds amazing! Eddy: Dude… I was panicking when I was trying to play like you. I was like, “I can’t play one note out of tune, or he’ll know.” I heard your bow slip, or something, when you played that, I was like, “Oh that’s Eddy.” – Yeah!
– “He’s panicking.” *plays phrase* Yeah, that one! Brett: Okay. Interesting. It was Benny, right? Which instrument? Was that the Guarneri? Did I get it wrong? Can you play that again? Can you play that again? Now take your blindfold off. Benny on my violin! OHH! Yeah! – I’m not even kidding.
– Ohh! Sh… That sounded so good! I know, I’ve never heard my violin sound like that in my life. Like, never. Really! Bro, I told you, it’s a 10 million dollar… – violinist that matters, man.
– Dude! The player makes a very big difference. Oh my god. But if the same player plays on different instruments, it’s obvious. But if there’s no, like, instrument comparison it’s not as obvious as the player. Do you think— Do you agree? That was your violin! He was just doing double stops on like, Bam! Cos it was all in tune and stuff, so I was like… It sounded like he knew the instrument. But this one, I can do it more in tune, like even, – more, even more precise.
– Precise, yeah. That one is like, okay, like 80%. But the way you played that, I was like, “I don’t think Eddy could do that.” I can’t hit 80% in tune, guys. I think, I think… It has a big sound in a smaller— – I don’t know how it sounds like in…
– This one? – …a hall.
– That is true. My violin… sounds… less. It doesn’t project as much. Uh-huh. (Eddy and Benny) Yeah. (Eddy and Brett) That’s true. – Usually, with this kind of violin,
– This will project. It… it really, like, kinda penetrates… Yeah. …in the hall. And then, maybe it doesn’t sound huge, but the quality of the sound is different. That—That is a very good point. Um… Yeah. – Well I guess –
– That was very interesting. So, the player is very obvious. But the violin, oh my god. I wonder if Benny could guess the violins. If you’re blindfolded. Oh, do you want a blindfold? – Okay!
– You wanna try? – Alright that’ll be funny, that’ll be funny!
– I think it’s gonna be fine. All right. Guys, we got a… Got a hostage here! – No!
– Hostage situation! Okay don’t put it on, don’t put it on. We should just, take the violin and run now. Benny: Okay? Benny: That was it? Benny: That was it?! – Benny: I have to guess that?
– Eddy: Yeah, you have to guess on that! Benny: No no, play it! Just a few, Benny: just a few more notes. Benny: Okay, okay. I think this is Guarneri. Um… I cannot tell who played it, though. Um… – Can I ha— Okay.
– More sample? Yeah. This is hard. Okay. I think the player is different. But… The violin was the same? Wait. Okay. Benny: Was that right? – Yeah. So then who’s the first—
– Ohh! Then who’s the first one and who’s the second? Eddy: Actually no no no, better question. Which— Who played better? Oh no! First or second? – Eddy: Just say that.
– Benny: I think Brett played first? Benny: And Eddy played… Benny: second? (Eddy and Brett) Yeah. – Really?
– Oh my god. – Yeah, actually.
– Ohh! Okay so that’s another part of the equation, just how good the person’s ears are. So it was very obvious… the 10 million dollar violin player made everything sound like 10 million dollars. And you also have the 10 million dollar ear. You guessed the instruments though! – Between the Guarneri and the…
– That was very quick. – And you got the players right.
– Yeah. – Yeah. That was— That was cool.
– That was insane. Anyway guys, Thank you so much for watching this special episode. Thank you, – Benny…
– Yes, thank you Benny.
– Thank you. – …for showing,
– It was so much fun. showing the world… what 10 million dollar violin playing sounds like. Yeah. Check out his concerts, he’s touring a lot. And… smash the subscribe button, we’ll see you guys next time. Is there anything you want to say? Oh yeah. Oh! Um… It was… It was really fun! I mean, for me it was like, I’ve been watching your shows for like, years. – And now it’s –
– Oh, thanks. Like, it’s funny to see like, the preparation and all like, we just kinda like, just go, and then, you know. Just go! We were just like… Yeah. – We should cut into the first part of it.
– Shh! Just, you know what – …del Gesú. Uh, 1732. Yeah. It’s, uh… It’s a… Wait, are we— Are we… Are we just, like, practicing? Or are we – – No, we started.
– We’re already doing it.
– Okay. You now know how unorganized we are! We plan everything out! Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah.