Brass, the alloy of copper and zinc, has many forms, depending on chemical properties and appearance. One of these is cartridge brass, otherwise known as 260 brass or 70/30 brass. With a distinct shiny, yellow color, cartridge brass is also sometimes referred to as yellow brass.
Musical instruments are the most common products made of cartridge brass. The material’s tonal quality and distinct appearance make the instruments pleasant to the ears and eyes. Brass sheet metals are also malleable and lightweight, which makes it both easily formed into the classic twisting parts of French horns, saxophones, and other wind instruments and easily carried during performances.
Aside from musical instruments, yellow brass is also wielded into a variety of home decors and implements. Due to the material’s workability, sculptors can conveniently and creatively form artwork, such as sculptures, trophies, and plaques. The preference for metallic accents in the home has also made brass plumbing fixtures a viable commodity. Not only does it give a rich feel to the home’s interior, but it is also resilient against the high temperatures encountered by heated plumbing wares.
260 brass is also a good electrical conductor, which is why it is used for plugs and lamp fittings. Brass locks, radiator tanks, and cartridge casings maximize the metal’s durability. Its versatility extends to resisting corrosion and surviving fires– both sought-after qualities for any product.