Since the earliest acoustic phonographs passed into history and vacuum tube amplification became a practical reality, an ideal pick‐up design has been the goal of recording engineers. This development has followed three basic types; magnetic, crystal and moving coil, and a new design of the latter forms the subject of this paper. Considering the physical mass of the moving elements of the three above‐mentioned types and their mechanical construction, the writer's design provides a considerable reduction of moving mass together with durable mechanical design. This reduction in mass, higher stylus compliance, lower stylus pressures, together with a unique “floating head” arm design, provide a frequency range and freedom from harmonic distortion which have been heretofore unattainable save with very fragile laboratory models. Inasmuch as the unit is a true generator, this paper also covers the design of a rather simple capacitance, resistance, equalizer to match output to the various recording characteristics in general use today.