Nearly 500 years ago the Celestially August, the Son of Heaven,Yong- L,o, of the "illustrious" or Ming dynasty, commandeded the worthy official Kouan-Yu that he should have a bell made of such size that the sound might be heard for one hundred il.
He, called Kouan-Yu to tell about the bell.
Kouan-Yu, I want that the voice of the bell should be strenghthened with brass, deepened with gold, and sweetened with silver.
Yes, my Lord.
Kouan-Yu assembled the master-moulders and the reowned bellsmiths of the empire.