I posted earlier. My Linn Krystal’s cantilever failed mid side after about 200 hours.
Although Linn insists that failures are few and caused by wet cleaning, I did not wet clean, and my dealer says he’s seen more than five failures.
Rather than trade the cartridge back to Linn for about 15% off a new one, I sent it to Soundsmith for a $299 sapphire cantilever replacement. I’ve had it back now for about 6 months, and to my ear the Soundsmith repair sounds better than the original.
While waiting for the return of the Krystal, I bought a Lyra Delos. I was shocked at how beautiful the Delos sounded. It is in another class above the Krystal for the same money. It makes me want to hear higher level cartridges in the Lyra line up.
I’ve got the repaired Krystal on the LP12 in my second system. The Lyra Delos is on the higher spec LP12 in the main system.
Meanwhile, the high spec LP12 is in a long term comparo with a VPI Classic 3SE right now. The VPI, at less than one third the price of the Linn is winning.