Made by Gemeinhardt in Elkhart, Indiana, United States, North and Central America, 1940-1970.

This piccolo is one of several flutes 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 initial...


The piccolo is made from silver plated metal with silver keys, and consists of two parts, the head joint and body. The head joint features a small removable metal end cap, while some faint engraving on the barrel can be seen.

The piccolo is housed in a timber case, with a textured black leather cover. It has a hinged lid with two metal clips at the front, while the interior is lined with a blue velvet. A dymo label with owner's name, NEVILLE AMADIO' is stuck on outside of lid. Also housed in the case is a metal cleaning rod.


Possibly hand made. Inscription may refer to the maker Kurt G Gemeinhardt of Elkhart, Indiana, USA or his father Arthur Gemeinhardt who worked at one time at WS Haynes.
Gemeinhardt 1940-1970


One of the instruments owned by Neville Amadio. It is unknown where and when he acquired this instrument or if he used it in performances.
Amadio, Neville 1940-1978


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

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Piccolo 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 November 2017, <https://ma.as/367330>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/367330 |title=Piccolo |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 November 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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