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Ebay does have a few 8 speed, dura-ace cassettes to offer. Are you using brifters or downtube shifters? If you have downtubes (or bar-cons), you can always go to friction mode....that would allow you to use a 9 speed cassette pretty easily. I do seem to recall there being a difference in cable pull for the Dura-ace 8 speed group.....you might try Sheldon Browns' web site for more information on that topic.
Of course you could also change shifters, but that isn't what you inquired about, so no need to even travel down that road.