This seems to be a common issue with old Sennheiser MD409 and similar microphones.
|Sennheiser MD409 foam failure|
The capsule is held in place by a block of polyurethane foam, which slowly decomposes over the decades, especially if the microphone has been in use in a sweaty rock venue.
|Sennheiser MD409 new foam|
If left for too long, that capsule will rattle around and there is a risk of more serious damage. the foam can also become sticky and contaminate the capsule diaphragm. If things have not gone too far, it is an easy job to cut some new foam, clean the grills and then the mic is ready for another shift in the studio.
|MD409 pair with new foam cleaned and ready to rock|