A little research turned up some interesting information. The Golden Eight was Nutone's first electronic model in the 1960s, and it was the only one to have a cool atomic logo. It played eight- or four-note tunes on three tone bars (not Westminster chimes). When connected to the doorbell and an intercom system, the tunes...real sounds, not beeps or artificial tones...could be broadcast to all rooms.
The original intercom is still hooked up in our house, but we can't figure out how to make it work, even though it's clearly still getting power. We've discussed having someone come out to see if it could be made operational again. An electrician who came out to do some work for us said it would be no problem to rewire the doorbell. Now that I know what a fantastic chime we have, I guess we'd better add that to our To Do Someday list.
Technical information about the Golden Eight from a comment on Flickr by ZephyrSkunk
|Our Nutone Golden Eight doorbell chime|