Hear ya. Using the 4ohm taps off the Classic 60, and the Quads don't give me more than an 1/8 in. clearance between the spades either- (already stuck some electrical tape between the contacts on the speakers for just that reason).
So, I'm digging out all those LPs I haven't listened to for years- the system got boxed-up in around '97 when I moved from the city to westchester- and though you'd think i would have had more space in the 'burbs, I never set it up in our house there. Moved again, a few years ago, to an even more countrified existence and decided that one of my winter projects would be to get the system back on its feet.
A few listening notes after returning to the fold in the last couple days:
The Quads (modified by Crosby back in the day) are pretty glorious- I've had Quads in one form or another since the very early 70's)- thinking about having my old Quad '57's restored and getting them up and running, too. (I know they are more coherent than the '63, but their dynamic limitations forced me into the later model).
The Classic 60 has loads of depth of image, without a bloated, old-school tube sound. Of course, it also has that ARC tendancy toward a white, almost bright, top-end, but the other choices (read: compromises) in the system ameliorate that, including my old MIT Shotgun interconnects.
THe Lyra Parnassus is now running in a semi-tweaked Well Tempered TT, and for kicks, I am using the Sugden Master-whatever phono stage; I know this is stupid, but I am still using my old SP-10 MkII preamp, and for now, bypassing the phono stage (stupid because the main feature of that preamp is its phono stage, but it cannot handle the low output from the Lyra cartridge). I've held onto the SP-10 for many years, and think it is at this point the weakest stage in the chain- the power supply is scary, and, back when I was using it constantly, I was swapping out tubes endlessly, to minimize noise and microphony. As a recovering tweaker, I'm beyond that, but it's like having an older carb'd Ferrari which can never compete with a modern car, yet still has some charms, I guess.
Enough rambling, for now. I'm going to dig back into that pile of vinyl for a while. Cheers, and again, it is nice to be back!