How to say this in English? I reminisce of my first piano, which was German and old. I remember its smell of wood touched by many fingers, and the feel keys that I would press, but they wouldn't go all the way down, and then wouldn't come back all the way up. Perhaps because some string wouldn't be fully hit in its ancient mechanics. You would still get a sound, but only a short one, weakened, dulled, with a crack. I couldn't find anything remotely similar to западали in English, so I am just giving my Russian sentence: Я помню моё старое пианино, как оно пахло временем, и клавиши западали. The best I could do: I remember my old piano, its smell of time, and its keys were falling through.