I've definitely been told to lighten up on the rimshots with my 14" x 6.5 CD Maple.Which N&C were you thinking about?
I know the SS Maple 14x 3 7/8 is the loudest snare drum you'll ever own.
I have not played the 6x14 SS Walnut, but a friend of mine owns one and says it is magical. I do not doubt that at all.I own a N&C SS Walnut 6x14.
Phenomenal snare. Unbelievable versatility and sensitivity. From a whisper to a roar ... it performs.
I can't speak to the Tulip. Never owned one.
I will say, the N&C SS piccolo snares have my interest. Not sure what my SS wood choice will be, but they are sweeeeet drums. I don't currently own a piccolo ... soooooo ... ... ...
My guess is that the tulipwood N&C are bending are not from Brazil.
This is the Brazillian tulipwood snare I built 20+ years ago. It smells like tulips when cut and is very musical. Even the cut-offs had a musical tone when dropped (accidentally) on the floor...