The Otello phono cartridge is the only cartridge I consider affordable in the Soundsmith line.
The Soundsmith Otello is a Moving Iron cartridge. What makes it unique is that it can be re-tipped when needed, which costs about $250 to have done. That’s less than half the price of a new cart. By the way, Soundsmith hand-builds all their cartridges.
For more info: http://www.sound-smith.com/cartridges/fixed-coil/otello
Stylus: Elliptical Titanium Bonded, 0.20mm Round
Cantilever: Aluminum Alloy
Recommended Tracking force: 12mN / 1.2 gm (high) 14mN / 1.4 gm (medium)
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB
Channel Separation (stereo only): 1000 Hz >24 dB 50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference: <1.8 dB (Stereo) <1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage: >2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 6.8 Grams
Loading: ≥ 47 kΩ