I am using an Troika on my table. You will find that Linn Carts sound best on Linn tables. In my opinion the Lyra carts are the runner up for compatibility with Linn Lp12 and Linto.
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I used the Dyna 20X on my Linn/Ekos before upgrading to the XX-2. Obviously, I felt it was a good combination. The Dyna works extremely well with the Linn and offers great price/performance ratio.
There are so many choices, it's hard to make the "best" choice without auditioning everything, a hopeless task. All I can say is that you won't be disappointed with the Dyna.
At a Linn factory tune-up workshop at a Linn dealer who had never heard the Linn with a Dyna, he was very impressed.
I was able to get a lightly used Linn Arkiv on Audiogon for under $750. Remember, when the Linto was originally made, Linn's best cartridge was the Arkiv. I did not have an immediate need to change my cartridge, though. I believe that another company made the cartridge-so that might be an avenue(used?)to explore. Dynavector cartridges are used on many people's LP 12's, but I would double-check to see if they mate well with your Linto(Linn, Naim, and Vinyl Engine have sites for these discussions).
The Linto has fixed loading. You will need a cartridge that is compatible with the loading. I used to have a Linto, but, I don't now, so I am not sure what that loading is. The Linn cartridges are made by the people who make Lyra cartridges, so that might also be a place to look for compatible cartridges. I used a Lyra Helikon with the Linto and got pretty good results.
Thanks for everyone's response. I have done some searching on Vinyl Engine and Pink Fish and it seems that the Dyna 20X is quite popular with the LP12 crowd. The other that I'm contemplating is the Benz Wood L2. I can get a really good deal on one, but I haven't been able to find out much in the way of user experience.