Let's see, my main boots cost $30 delivered and had no marks on the soles, still had stickers on them. I baked ny own liners. I don't own a pair of skis that cost me more than $250 delivered, with bindings, some in still in the plastic. BTW, I mount my own bindings Poles are some won in a Dynstar Duals race back in 1982 and a pair of Goode Carbons that came from a thrift store.
It took me years and years to reach the level of skiing I achieved by the end of high school. I did have top of the line stock gear back then though. I don't doubt that lots of people I competed against had those types of boot mods done and some of the people in the ski school I worked with tool but the director and nobody else ever suggested that it was something that I needed.
Brings us back to buying a turn or trying to. yes, those modifications can shorten the learning curve and get someone skiing the toughest terrain faster than doing it the old school ways. But, it also makes people dependent on gear beyond what I'd call "standard".
What some call "bad habits" I'd call being more versatile.
Even if I did (might someday who knows) decide to pony up and spend quality time with the best bootfitter I can I'd still prefer to start making the major mods AFTER the liner is fully broken in and not before. Call me crazy but I believe my foot will be sitting differently at that point.
I have never seen you ski..........so the jury is still out! Although I have seen some folks on Epic ski, and I gotta to tell you it is frightening they are weighing in and giving folks advice on anything to do with skiing!!!