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Where India’s Top Brass Get Their Instruments

No Indian celebration is complete without a brass band. In the country of 1.3 billion people, there are at least 700,000 villages. And each village generally has two or three brass bands. But where do all of the trumpets, trombones and tubas come from? It turns out that 90 percent of the country’s brass bands get their instruments from one street—Jali Kothi Lane—in the city of Meerut. Along this quaint alley, you'll find around 100 instrument makers. One of the most renowned is Nadir Ali and Company, a fourth generation instrument maker whose drums, cornets and trumpets have been setting international standards for quality since 1885.