Flute made by Armstrong Elkhart

Made 1955-1970

This flute is one of several in the Powerhouse Museum’s collection that belonged to and were played by one of Australia’s greatest flautists, Neville Amadio. Internationally renowned as a soloist and chamber musician, Amadio held the position of Principal Flute in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years from its establishment in the early 1930s until his retirement from the position in 1978.

Born in Sydney in 1913 Neville Amadio began learning the flute at the age of 8 initially gettin...


The Boehm flute can be divided into three main sections, each made from silver, with silver keys, and consisting of the head joint, the middle joint and the C foot joint. The barrel of the middle joint is engraved with the brand name details, 'ARMSTRONG / ELKHART' and 'D2846'

The flute is housed in a hard cover, light brown leather case, with a hinged lid with two clasps and a handle at the front. The interior is lined with with a blue fabric. The case also contains a silver cleaning rod.


Made by the firm Armstrong in the USA.


One of the instruments owned by Neville Amadio. It is unknown where and when he acquired this instrument.


Gift of Mrs Hilda Maude Amadio, 2007

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Flute made by Armstrong Elkhart 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 March 2017, <https://ma.as/362587>
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