Metal sleeve for flute

Made by Dixon, Frank in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1940-1950.

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...


Custom made cylindrical sleeve used as an extension to the barrel of the flute to play low B. The tube is made from brass tubing.


Made in very limited numbers on a needs basis.
Dixon, Frank 1940-1950


Part of the instruments owned by Neville Amadio. These were thought to be made by Frank Dixon, a policeman from Rose Bay and friend to Neville Amadio, Colin Evans and Linda Vogt for them to use when playing in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. It was used during the period where low B foot joints were not available in Australia. The sleeve was required for new works in which composers were specifying the low B to be played by the flutes. The sleeve however meant that a low C was not able to be played when it was attached to a standard concert flute.
Amadio, Neville 1930-1978


Gift of Mrs Hilda Maude Amadio, 2007
18 July, 2007

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Metal sleeve for flute 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <>
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