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Well you talk about buying boots but you don't talk about shell fit, how wide your foot is or anything else. You've tried the Tecnica which is one of the highest volume boots but it sounds as if it was too large. Your Lange had nothing left but I don't know exactly what that means. Sometimes boots need extensive work, but it is not typical that at the end we have a boot the customer thinks is customer but has now been worn out by the mods.
So how wide is your foot and what is the shell fit behind your heel like in a 24? While you are at it might as well throw in your height and weight.
Sixth toe adds width to your foot but not to your boot. Boots have to have a solid fit to ski well and to prevent you from exhausting your legs and feet from over buckling or overworking your foot muscles trying to keep your feet in place inside a boot that is too loose. If your foot for instance is a "D" width without the bunionette then you should be buying a "D" width boot and having it punched for the 6th toe. If repeated punches in the area aren't working then probably you'd benefit from footbeds and some work in the navicular area of the boot. If the shop doesn't know where the navicular area is you aren't in a boot fitting shop.
So you still haven't said how wide your foot is which is important. Wide feet don't necessarily mean high volume feet and the boot you were just skiing is one of the highest volume boots available. Not only side everywhere burr very high in the instep. Head and all companies make a similar boot and I sell only a handful per year. A proper foot for an HVL is more that an "E" width with a very high instep, very thick ankle and just generally a massive foot. Anything else and the boot is useless.
There are several very good fitting shops in Vermont and I'm sure there are some in New Hampshire, Mass and throughout New England as well. So without a picture and knowing what your width is (have it measured at a shoe store or good boot shop) we can't help much, but it sounds to me as if you've been patronizing shops that sell and punch boots rather than fit boots a subtle but important distinction.
Send some pics and measure the width and we can help more.
I think you were on the right track before. Wide low volume feet are difficult for certain. There really is no wide boot that also has a low instep. But you say your foot is 102-106, burt I'd ask which is it? 106 is for certain wide. But 102 is in my opinion doable with a 98mm boot and a good fitter and a 100mm boot should be doable period. In 98 you'll have lots to choose from but one of my favorites is the Head Raptor. Still you should work with the recommendations of the fitter working with you. Rossi/Lange has a good 100mm boot but there are plenty of others.
I lived in Maine but that was a very long time ago so can't help you with shops in the area, but perhaps someone else here can.