36" Chau Gong on the Meinl Gong/Tam Tam Wood Stand (TMWGS-L)
Yes, this comes with the gong, the gong stand and a gong mallet.
Gong- 36 inches in diameter
Height - 56 inches
Total Width - 49 inches
Interior Width, between verticals - 45 inches
Foot Depth - 23.5 inches
(In case you were wondering, the Meinl Wood Gong Stand is made from strong but light, easy to carry, Birch Wood. It is made of three pieces, the two verticals and the top horizontal piece that all slide together, no tools needed. It is easy to take apart and travel with.)
Though ancient Chinese officials didn't necessarily have access to Meinl gong stands, they did have a lot of terra cotta, which they turned in stone warriors, much like the WWE turned a warrior into Stone Cold Steve Austin.
And the Chinese officials and royalties of generations ago used the CHAU GONG to announce their presence when traveling on their roads with their retinues. (Nowadays we would call their retinues, their posses, or their staff.)
Now when two retinues ran into each other on the Chinese road, each would have a Chau Gong. And they would bang it for the other. It was a set number of times that they would strike the gong, as it declared the rank of the official. So if two officials approached each other, they would know who should bow to the other and get off the road to allow the other to pass.
If we were to use Entertainment Industry personalities as examples, Sarah Silverman might get 2 strikes of the gong, but Beyonce would get 10 strikes, and the Silverman retinue would get out of the way.
Now in Ancient Germany, the land of Meinl Percussion, where tribes were fierce and and their women buxom (according to the beer labels), if two officials came upon each other on the road, the official who could hit the other person harder with a piece of wood, or spiky metal thing, or if available, toss a heavy sleeping horse at the other would have the higher status.
Cheers and rowdy Hoch Funfs to the official.
The lower official would bow low to the ground that he would appear to be... Well, no actually he was, unconscious, dropped, and reddened like a raw piece of venison.
But we are coming face to face with our history of self-importance these modern days. Enough with gong striking to show your value to the world.
Is the One Percent really worthy of many gong strikes?
The 99 Percent says Nope.
With their drum circles, dreadlocks, porta-potties and noisemakers, the mass of people have declared that the bathroom on Wall Street is "Occupied" that the gap between the haves and the have-nots is too great. They will ignore the Squirrels of Wall Street who store their money like acorns in a tree, they will not listen to their assistants who have been told to bang their giant gongs.
The Occupiers have created their own gong and proclaimed, "WE ARE THE 99%" and are long-awaiting the bow of the 1% as they meet on the road.
Will it happen? We don't know, the One Percent often thinks they are royalty, in this position by Divine Right. They rarely like to be in a position that is lower, unless they are paying thousands to a dominatrix.
But really, really really.
It's time to treat each other as equals. We are all One Gong. One atom of metal at the center of the gong is no different from another atom of metal on the outer rim.
They are all affected by the vibrations of their peers.
Rather than two officials of different rank with two different gongs, let us all meet on the road and play one gong.
Let's line our streets and sidewalks with gongs, spaced every 100 feet and play them all in unison, together, forever one people of one status making one beautiful sound!