I recently started taking yoga that involved meditation and this drum is just like the one that my teacher uses. This set comes with everything needed. Meaning it comes with the drum, instruction manual on how to use it and different "songs," 2 style of drum sticks, stickers for different notes and a carrying bag to hold everything inside. When this arrived, I did measure it to see if it was 13 inches and it really is the full 13 inches. The 2 style of drum sticks this comes with are the long style and ones that you wear on the tips of your fingers. I'm currently using the long sticks as I'm still learning how to use this. However, this steel drum is really calming. Obviously if you hit it hard, the sound will be loud but it doesn't require to be hit hard to produce sound. I did try the finger sticks but found that if I want a louder sound, the longer sticks allow this. For a more soft and quiet sound, I found the finger ones allow for this. This does have stands under the steel drum and found that this does prevent this from slipping or moving around. This really does come with everything to help me learn how to play this, but most of all, loving this calming and relaxing sound it provides.