I would like to take a non-collapsible, ornamental metal music stand on an airplane as a checked item. Will it be accepted if it is only wrapped in bubble wrap with shrink wrap exterior + cord for securing on handling.
Yes, but keep in mind that checked baggage travels a considerable distance on automated machinery. The bubble wrap is more likely to snag or tear, especially with an odd sized item such as a music stand. It would be worth your time to break down a card board box and make a makeshift enclosure to go around the bubble wrap for extra protection.