This is a good debate.
I own EG's 82 and 888 (and others) and JL's 7000 and 8000 (and others).
I have more EG models than JL models - by a comfortable margin.
JL's 7000 is probably the single best dress shoe last, regardless of maker (JL, EG, etc.). For me, the 7000 easily beats out the 8000.
The 82 is a nice last (wore it yesterday - Chestnut Malvern), but I would probably tip the scales in favor of the 888 over the 82 if compelled to make a decision. Sometimes, to...