Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, melts at between 900 and 940 degrees Celsius. Since different types of brass use different proportions of copper and zinc, and sometimes include other metals such as lead, tin, or nickel, melting points may vary.
Brass is used for many purposes, due to its malleability and bright gold color. It has certain unique acoustic qualities as well, making it the metal of choice for a number of musical instruments such as trumpets, trombones, and tubas. Red brass, an alloy of copper, zinc and tin, melts at between 990 and 1025 degrees Celsius. It is sometimes known as gunmetal because it was used for making guns before steel became the preferred metal.