Would you put a $7,000 cartridge on a $4,500 turntable?

I thought long and hard about buying a Soundsmith cartridge before ordering the Hana Umami for my SL-1210GAE. I was interested in the Paua Mk II but learned that Peter Ledermann and his whole team were really hit hard by COVID-19, and as a result they are backed up with orders and re-tips. This isn’t to say you should not consider them. Though I have never heard any of their cartridges, the Interwebs are full of glowing reviews, and the Tube of You has a few folks posting regularly using Soundsmith cartridges–even with that site’s compression and limited dynamics, they sound great!