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I wouldn't allow that to happen, George. You would be putting a zero ohm load across a significant fraction of the output transformer's secondary (output side) winding. I would certainly expect that to affect sonics, and I wouldn't be surprised if it also resulted in damage, eventually if not sooner.
Thanks to all for your comments. After making some changes to my system I again used electric tape to ensure that the spades are not touching anything but the proper tap. I was just hoping to not have to apply the tape to my amp again to cover the offending taps.
Thanks again dekay, I looked up the banana to spade adopters you mentioned. The problem is not that I have banana connectors and need a banana to spades connector. The problem is that the current connectors on my speaker cables are already spades that are so large that you cannot connect them to the small space on amplifier without it touching the taps on either side of the one you are connecting to.