The amplitude of the output signal per unit of cross sectional area of a magnetostrictive delay line decreases for increasing wire diameter due to the skin effect. For a fixed area a large output signal can be obtained by using a number of thin wires. An additional advantage is the reduced influence of inhomogeneities along the wires. Reflections in this multiple wire delay line can be reduced firstly by means of interference by fixing half of the number of wires to a mass and leaving the other half ends free, and/or secondly through spreading out the reflections by shifting the ends of the wires with respect to each other. A simple magneto-acoustic position measurement system using a multiple wire delay line and one single transmitting/receiving coil is demonstrated.