Retiring an old friend this weekend...the Sennheiser MD46 microphone on the right traveled the world with me for six years and hundreds of interviews. The grill is held on by electrical tape, and I should have sent it in for repairs a long time ago, but never had a period of time when I could go without using it. Started noticing some noise in recent interviews when I was moving it, and realized that its time was up. Needless to say, I'm replacing it with the exact same model...and you can get an idea of how much use the old one got. It'll be going back to Sennheiser to get the wiring checked and the grill replaced, but I'm not going to ask them to repaint it...the scars are a reminder of all the trips we went on together.