With a good view... you got that right Brother! I didn't have much luck getting good results with a Moka Pot years back when i tried... I'm sure it was user error. It might be time to see if this old dog can in fact learn a new trick.
I started pulling the handle on that thing when I was about six. Dunno how many times I tore it down and overhauled it over the next fourty years.
My moka pot produces exactly the same final product - though more of it and I don't drink it in demitasse cups with a sliver of lemon peel the way mom used to - I just fill up a mug. And steamed milk is a hassle so I don't bother.
Espresso is brewed at 9 bar, so by definition a moka pot doesn't brew espresso. They also taste totally different. A moka pot makes a great strong cup of coffee, but I've never had coffee from a moka pot that tasted at all like espresso.