If you want to enjoy all the qualities of your saxophone make sure it's always in perfect playing condition! A well maintained instrument looks, feels, smells and eventually plays much better! Besides this it's life will be extended.
The pictures above show before and after of the saxophone from professional player Greg Torunski (www.gregtorunski.com) who plays many thousands of hours a year. An (unlacquered) instrument like this suffers a great deal and needs an overhaul every 3 years.