Good afternoon Forum, It's been a few months on TalkBass for me and I've already learned a lot. What has inspired me greatly are the few luthiers who have done various degrees of metal work. Now, I'm not in a position to do steel working at the moment, but I've seen quite a bit about brass. I did some digging online and discovered that I should be able to work brass with some of my wood working gear. When the time comes for my third build I want to do a floating bridge and a laminate brass/cocobolo tail piece a la Alembic (in my own shape). Bruce has a metal shop and does some excellent work. What are the experiences of the forum when it comes to brass? I understand it'll be softer then steel of course but harder then aluminum right? Also, I remember back from my welding/brazing days brass melts under the heat of propane so after I get my feet wet with basic machining of brass I may attempt casting full brass tail pieces. The reason I ask is a combination of wanting to do metal work again and frankly building good looking instrument while saving some money on bridges. Thanks and have a great evening!